Preemie: Saving the Little Ones

Laura Cofrancesco

If you're like me, sometimes you find yourself in the baby section of Target ogling over the adorable outfits. I'm years away from having babies, but tiny fur coats and baby converses are the cutest things! And then there are the tiniest onesies in preemie size; the smallest baby clothes of them all. What many people don't know is that these tiny premature babies are fighting for their lives.

Premature babies are born sooner than they should be, usually before 37 weeks of pregnancy. In the United States, one out of every ten babies are born premature. These babies tend to have more health problems and stay in the hospital longer than

babies born later. Preemies can also have long-term health issues such as cerebral palsy, intellectual issues, chronic lung disease, blindness, and hearin

g loss.

The good news is that after decades of increases in premature births,  the rate has now been on a steady decline. In fact, today the rate has dropped to 9.6%, according to the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign started in 2003 and hopes to raise public awareness of the problems of prematurity as well as decrease the premature birth rate in the United States.

Do you want to save a baby's life? November is Prematurity Awareness month, and the 17th is World Prematurity Day. In honor of this month, Style-House has created the March of Dimes Kennedy Mae Bracelet. When you purchase this bracelet, a portion of the proceeds helps to support the funding of research for the March of Dimes. So, pick out a pretty Kennedy Mae bracelet and know that you are also helping to save a babies life.

For more information on the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, visit

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