How to Get Involved in Prematurity Awareness Month
Many people in the US are unaware that premature birth is a serious health crisis that still affects us in the modern world. Although our medical capabilities are more advanced than ever before, preterm births are still a very real and heartbreaking reality. Every year, it’s estimated that about 400,000 babies in the US will be born prematurely. This means that these babies are born before they have fully developed, which increases their risk of serious health complications and even death. Unfortunately, the problem is not getting better – according to data from the past several years, the preterm birth rate is on the rise.
However, November is Prematurity Awareness Month, which acts as a beacon of light and reminds us of the importance of supporting our mothers and children. There are a number of ways that you can get involved in this important crusade.
Making a Donation
The main way to contribute to funds that go toward improving the health of mothers and babies is through the March of Dimes organization. March of Dimes provides several ways in which individuals can give money. One way is through a one-time or monthly donation. You can donate $50, $75, $120, $250, or some other amount that you’re comfortable with. To make your donation a little more special, you can dedicate it in someone’s honor.
Another option is to purchase a gift in the March of Dimes online store. The money used to buy these gifts is then used to support a variety of initiatives, including research, education, and advocacy. Some of the product offerings include items that showcase your support for prematurity awareness. You can choose from T-shirts, water bottles, hats, and face masks.
As an alternative, you can also purchase a symbolic gift. Some examples of these include:
- Decorating a NICU site
- Giving a baby access to lifesaving screenings
- Giving a mom supportive pregnancy care
- Giving a baby better prenatal care
Spread Awareness on Social Media
Through the #BlanketChange movement, individual advocates, companies, policymakers, and candidates can help spread awareness about prematurity on social media. The main goal of #BlanketChange is to create meaningful legislative change that helps improve healthcare for American mothers and infants. The main focus is on establishing equal access to healthcare, bridging healthcare disparities, and encouraging the demand for more research. Some ideas that #BlanketChange recommends include:
- Calling your local political officials to demand that they work toward drafting legislation that improves healthcare for mothers and babies
- Using the hashtag #BlanketChange to tag friends, connect with other like-minded individuals, and spread awareness.
- Using the #BlanketChange Social Media Toolkit so organizations, lawmakers, and political candidates can help spread awareness throughout the community.
When we join our voices and efforts together, we can effect meaningful positive change toward saving the lives of countless premature infants and their mothers.