It seems nowadays that every condition, every cause has an awareness day, or even a month. November is Prematurity Awareness Month, with International Prematurity Awareness Day falling on the 17th November.
To me awareness days are a fantastic way to get people talking and sharing about causes close to their heart.
Clearly having a premature baby is a cause that is important to me, but it's much more than that. Prematurity isn't just about having small babies. Prematurity is a health issue, and a problem.
Prematurity is costly, to the baby, to the family and to society as a whole. And in some cases, prematurity can be prevented.
To me, most important, is looking outwards When we look at the developing world, we are talking about a lot later gestation babies, who often have poor outcomes as the things we take for granted here, corticosteroids, antibiotics, incubators, sanitised hospitals, experienced staff, just are not available.
And that is wrong.
Premature birth has an affect on us all in some way. Whether that be directly like me, or indirectly as someone who pays taxes in to a stretched economy and health system.
Every baby deserves a fighting chance wherever they are born.
And on November 17th you will hear, read and discover a lot more about premature birth on a global scale.
I invite you to join us, and I will be doing some specific posts on how you can help in the next few days and weeks.