November is Premature Baby Awareness Month and the BloggersUnite.org, an online social cause network, has joined with the March of Dimes to raise awareness and money by holding a blogger action day this coming November 17th. In the U.S. alone, 1 in 8 babies are born premature. In lesser developed countries the rate of premature births is even higher.
Premature death is a health crisis that threatens the lives and health of nearly one half-million babies each year. It is the number 1 killer of newborns and often time leads to lifelong disabilities. The number of premature births has increased by 31 percent since 1981. It happens without warning and medical doctors still have little understanding of the reason and how to prevent it from happening. Until the medical profession has more answers, anyone's baby, could be born too soon.
Medical advances have however increased the chance of survival of even the tiniest babies. For many babies however premature birth is still a life or death condition. It is the #1 cause of death during the first month of life. And for babies who do survive the ordeal often face serious health challenges and lifelong disabilities.
November 17th is dedicated to raising awareness of the crisis that is facing many of the world's babies. The March of Dimes and BloggersUnite.org is inviting bloggers, twitterers and anyone else who has a website to get involved by using their blog or twitter account to raise awareness of this crisis. There are plenty of resources online where you can learn more about how to help. If you have a preeemie baby, BloggersUnite.org is asking that you contact them and share your story with the community. According to Jason Teitelman, of BloggersUnite.org, "Blogging for many families faced with the challenge of having a premature baby has become an important and useful way to communicate with family and friends - friends and family can now know what's happening and the family is able to share without being faced with hundreds of phone calls and emails. When a family is going through the challenging time of giving birth too early, a blog is the one way to communicate with family. On Fight for Preemies Day we are asking bloggers to use their blogs to connect and educate with their readers about this crisis." To learn more, visit http://www.bloggersunite.org/event/fight-for-preemies where you can get an Action Badge for your blog or website.
"The March of Dimes is the champion of babies and we are fighting to give all babies a healthy start in life. Bloggers adn parents can visit http://www.marchofdimes.com/fightforpreemies to learn how they can help," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of March of Dimes. "March of Dimes is thrilled to partner with BloggersUnite.org and their founding company BlogCatalog.com members to make Prematurity Awareness Day a featured social media event that will harness the power of the internet to fight for preemies."
Since 2007, BloggersUnite has evolved from a BlogCatalog member initiative into a member-driven online community where bloggers can unite and coordinate activities for dozens of causes. Every year, the founders of BloggersUnite.org together with BlogCatalog members, dedicate additional time and resources to three underserved causes. According to Teitelman, "if there is any cause that is underserved, it is this one. We need to fight - because babies shouldn't have to".
Photo: Bev Robeertson from the March of Dimes promoting BloggersUnite: Fight for Preemies