As a mother of twin boys, born 7 weeks early, I know the risks of babies coming too soon. March of Dimes, an organization whose mission is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies, has designated March as “Healthy Baby Month”. Most people know the issues that extreme prematurity can bring, but did you know that even babies born a week or two before 39 weeks are at risk for complications?
Now, research indicates that gestation even a few days short of a full 39 weeks can lead to short- and long-term health risks. Infants born early may face problems with brain development and function, including psychological, behavioral and emotional problems.
Help spread the word about the importance of getting the full 39 weeks and support research to help prevent prematurity by joining Meriter and the March of Dimes for “March for Babies” on May 7th, 2011 at 9:30 am, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Enjoy the day, knowing that you’re helping to create a healthier future for moms and babies everywhere!
Angie Baker, RNC, MS