16 November 2020
Together for babies born too soon
Every year, globally, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm, before 37 completed weeks of gestation.
World Prematurity Day, celebrated around the world on November 17th, is a special occasion to raise awareness among the global community about prematurity, one of the main causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality.
World Prematurity Day is an opportunity to reflect on one of the most delicate moments that almost one in ten families is experiencing. Behind every baby born too soon, there is also a family who is born before time. A family which plays a fundamental role in the care of its child.
This year, a special attention is paid to promoting and supporting family-centred care. The active involvement of parents, the continuous physical and emotional contact has profound benefits for the growth and development of baby and the well-being of the whole family.
The Chiesi Foundation is at the forefront of promoting this kind of Care through the creation of areas dedicated to the mothers and babies. Places where health care professional encourage continuous skin-to-skin contact and support families in taking care of their little ones.
Promoting this type of Care is essential not only to reduce neonatal mortality rates, but to guarantee quality development for all those babies born too soon, in all the neonatal units around the world.