On Sunday 17th November we will be celebrating World Prematurity Day with many amazing premature baby support organisations across the globe, including EFCNI and The Australasian Nidcap Training Centre.
The theme of this year’s day is “Born too Soon: Providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place”.
World Prematurity Day is one of the most important days in the year to raise awareness of the challenges and impact of preterm birth globally. Every year 15 million babies are born prematurely every year, that’s 1 baby in 10. In Australia alone, 27,000 babies are born premature every year, 9% of all births.
Countless individuals and organisations from more than 100 countries join forces with activities, special events and commit to action to help address preterm birth and improve the situation of preterm babies and their families.
Join us in celebrating
The Foundation will be hosting hospital morning teas in VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD and WA to celebrate the day with staff and families in NICU and Special Care units across Australia. Below are a list of the hospitals who we will be celebrating with. If you are currently in any of them please do come along for a cuppa and a chat, we’d love to meet you:
- King Edward Memorial Hospital – 15th November 11am-2pm Tom Dadour Center
- Centenary Hospital for Women and Children – 15th November 11am-1pm
- Joan Kirner Hospital – 13th November 11am-1pm
- Monash Children’s Hospital – 13th November 11am-1pm
- Royal Women’s Hospital – 12th November 11am-1pm
- Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – 15th November 9-10.30am
Read more about this year’s WPD theme and what the day is hoping to achieve.
Wear something purple on the day, the colour purple stands for sensitivity and exceptionality. Two traits of a premature baby.
Light It Up Purple
As part of World Prematurity Day on Sunday 17th November, Australia will be “Lighting It Up Purple”. We’d love you to join in, let’s get everyone involved, highlighting this important day. Landmarks globally will be lighting up purple to bring awareness to the day. On the evening of 17th light up your purple candles or maybe get your office or local landmark involved, ask them to light it up purple. We look forward to seeing Australia go Purple for a day!!
Share your “purple” pictures and amazing stories with us on the day. We’d LOVE to see and hear them – they bring great hope to families currently on their journey.