Today is World Prematurity Day.
“Each year Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon. The rate of preterm birth is increasing and yet the general public knows little about the prevention of preterm birth and the problems and risks involved in the development of a preterm infant. Preterm or premature birth, birth before 37 weeks gestation, is the second leading cause of newborn death globally. Babies who survive an early birth often face the increased risk of health challenges such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and many other hurdles. For many families, preterm birth brings with it neonatal or infant loss.”
Madison was born at 32 weeks, 4 pounds and spent her first month of life in the NICU. Many of her little friends share similar stories of early birth and all the challenges and obstacles that were up against them from day 1.
Madison continues to blow us away each and everyday. She is extremely motivated and determined and much of that comes from her early days of life and defining what it means to be resilient . This is how we know she will be great and do great things thanks to the doctors in St Louis and the opportunity they are giving her with her life changing surgery. To help Madi get to St Louis check out her Fundraising page: