Sumary of World Prematurity Day: The importance of it and what it means:
- Premature or preterm birth is when a baby is born before the 37th week of pregnancy.
- In the UK, around eight of every 100 babies are born before the 37th week of pregnancy.
- A baby born before 28 weeks of pregnancy is “extremely preterm”, a baby born between 28 and 32 weeks is “very preterm” and those born between 32 and 27 weeks are “moderate to late preterm”.
- A baby is typically more vulnerable the earlier they are born, UK-based pregnancy charity Tommy’s said.
- The global symbol of World Prematurity Day is a tiny purple sock hanging amongst a line of nine full-sized baby socks.
- The small pair of purple socks symbolises the one in ten babies who are born preterm across the world.
- World Prematurity Day symbol (ECFNI)Purple was chosen as the colour of the sock as a representation of sensitivity and exceptionality, the ECFNI said.
- “Since the global spread of the Coronavirus, and the introduction of measures against Covid-19, we saw many parents struggling with the very restricted or even prohibited access to the neonatal intensive care units due to the pandemic,” Silke Mader, chairwoman of EFCNI and founder of GLANC said.