World Prematurity Day is observed on November 17th every year to expand awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families worldwide. About 15 million babies are born preterm each year at about 10% of babies worldwide. Premature birth is the number one cause of death in children under the age of five. 

The first international awareness day for premature birth was created by European parent organizations in 2008. It has been celebrated as World Prematurity Day since 2011. According to Wikipedia, “Parent groups, families, health professionals, politicians, hospitals, organizations and other stakeholders involved in preterm birth observe this day with media campaigns, local events, and other activities conducted on a local, regional, national, or international levels to raise awareness among the public.” In 2013, World Prematurity Day was celebrated in over 60 countries.

If you want to support World Prematurity day, wear purple. Whether it be a shirt, ribbon, or pin you are still supporting premature babies. Happy World Prematurity Day!