The World Health Organizations says that around the world, more than 1 out of 10 babies are born before term. And it is not only in developing countries; the index in the US is 1 out of 10 as well! Premature Babies are more common than we believe. It is clear to us that we can no longer ignore our preemies as if they are a small percentage of our population… (this is the reason Lullaboo has a basics preemie line, tiny and sweet :-) )
Every year, on the 17th of November, we celebrate World Prematurity Day!
Here's our curated selection of some 2016 testimonies and interesting articles we wanted to share. Even if you are not a preemie mother, probability says you will have a friend, sister or brother that will go through these experiences. It is nice to be aware …
- The strength of the littlest newborn in the world: Born weighing just 229 grams (about the size of an orange) and 22 centimeters long, Emilia Grabarczyk has reached an incredible milestone – nine months after her birth, she has tipped the scales at 3.00 kilograms, around the average size of a newborn baby. Read her story at Babyology.com.au.
- Now and then: Loved this Facebook post! A Father shows picture of her grown up girl, born with less than a 1kg.
- And continuing with Dads… here is a nice experience, told by a Dad: Nothing prepares you for being the father of a premature baby. Wayne Little's daughter Daisy-Mae was born 15 weeks early, weighing 1lb 14oz. Here he describes how he coped during her first fragile months of life via The Telegraph.
- So then after reading Wayne’s great story, what would be the role of the Daddy of a Premature baby? Your beautiful baby has arrived. But she was born prematurely or is sick, and she needs special care. Your joy over your baby's birth may be mixed with worry and heartache. This is not how you expected fatherhood to begin. Via babycenter.com
- And more on Dads… check out this home video of two preemie twins holding hands! So so special.
- Technology: Samsung is developing a new way to connect parents and premature babies through sound healing power. "Voices of Life," an initiative of Launching People, can transmit the sound of the voice and the heartbeat of the mother inside an incubator to help parents stay in touch with their babies and to allow babies receive maternal sounds they need for brain development.
- Research: “When a baby is extremely preterm, the risk of dying or getting significant brain injury and handicap is 25 percent,” explains Gorm Greisen, Professor of Pediatrics at Copenhagen University Hospital. “We, as neonatologists are good at dealing with the respiratory problems… but we have until now not (had) so many means of protecting the brain.” A European research project is developing a prototype for such an instrument, using optical technology. Read more via Euronews.com
Big kiss to all our lulla-preemies around the world!