New Zealand Multiple Birth Association

World Prematury Day 17th of November 2016

World Prematurity Day November 17th 1 Baby Is 10 Is Born Premature Worldwide

World Prematurity Day on 17 November aims to raise awareness of prematurity and the concerns of preterm babies and their families. 15 million babies are born premature worldwide EACH YEAR. 1 in 10 babies born in New Zealand arrive prematurely and over 5,000 families go through the stress of a neonatal journey every year. In support, landmarks around the world are ‘lighting up’ purple to raise awareness. New Zealand landmarks involved will be joining notable landmarks worldwide. The Neonatal Trust ( and many volunteers are putting on mornings teas in NICUs around the country.


What is a premature birth?

A premature birth is when a baby is born before the end of the 37th week of pregnancy. Those carrying twins and triplets are at a higher risk of premature births.

How can you help?

One of the best ways to raise awareness is to share stories.

On the 17th November we will be sharing the journey of families with premature multiples via our public Facebook page:

More information can be read at

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