Today, November 17 2013 is World Prematurity Day. Every year, 15 Million babies around the world are born too soon. 2007 saw 3 preemie's for our family. In January 2007, my niece and nephew were born at approx 32 weeks; they spent 3 weeks in the NICU of a local hospital and then came home with their parents.
6 months later, Mr. J was born at approx 36 weeks. My mom mentioned that having 1 premature grandbaby would have been more than enough, but after 3 in 6 months she never needed to see another incubator again.
However, we are SO fortunate to have the medical care we do. In high income countries, 10% of premature babies die. Which is incredibly sad, and my heart goes out to those families. In low income countries, that number is not 10 %. It is higher, much higher. That number rises to 90%.
To read some personal stories about Premature babies follow the links below:
Avery's Act of Kindness
Life on Manitoulin