Prematurity Awareness wristbands
Available in adult size: 8" (203mm)
Embossed silicone wristbands
Front: Prematurity Awareness
Back: Fight for Babies
100% of the proceeds from the sale of these bands will go back into our program to sponsor parents and babies currently on the NICU journey.
Are you Aware?
-Every year 15 million babies are born too soon. Some too small and too sick to survive.
-One baby every 30 seconds will die from premature birth.
As many as 11.5 percent of all pregnancies or about 450,000 babies in the United States alone, end in early deliveries.
-Today more than 1400 babies will be born prematurely.
-80 plus percent of preterm births are unanticipated.
-Approximately 45–50% of preterm births are idiopathic. (unknown)
-30% are related to preterm rupture of membranes. (PROM)
-15–20% are attributed to medically indicated (example: preeclampsia, abruption, IUGR) or elective preterm deliveries.
"Events leading to preterm birth are still not completely understood, although the etiology is thought to be multifactorial. It is, however, unclear whether preterm birth results from the interaction of several pathways or the independent effect of each pathway. Causal factors linked to preterm birth include medical conditions of the mother or fetus, genetic influences, environmental exposure, infertility treatments, behavioral and socioeconomic factors, and iatrogenic (related to medical examination or treatment) prematurity." (WHO)
PERCENTAGE BASED ON GESTATIONAL AGE:
-More than 70 percent of premature babies are born between 34 and 36 weeks gestation.
-12 percent of premature babies are born between 32 and 33 weeks gestation.
-10 percent of premature babies are born between 28 and 32 weeks gestation.
-6 percent of premature babies are born before 28 weeks gestation.
SURVIVAL RATES: (approximately based on multiple factors)
-Babies born 23 weeks have a 17 percent chance of survival.
-Babies born at 24 weeks have a 39 percent chance of survival.
-Babies born at 25 weeks have a 50 percent chance of survival.
-Babies born at 26 weeks have an 80 percent chance of survival.
-Babies born at 27 weeks have a 90 percent chance of survival.
-Babies born between 28-31 weeks gestation have at 90-95 percent chance of survival.
-Babies born between 32-33 weeks have a 95 percent chance of survival.
-Most babies born 34 weeks or greater have the same likelihood of survival as a full term infant. (full term now defined as 39 to 40.6 weeks gestation)
The odds of survival increase as the pregnancy progresses. With every week a baby remains in the womb the chance for thriving and surviving increases. However, gestational age isn’t the only determining factor for survival for babies born too early. Multiple factors play an important role in how well a baby will do including birth weight, complications of pregnancy such as placental abruption, infection, and immature lung development to name just a few. Fortunately medical research and advances have increased the chances of survival in even the tiniest of babies.
OUTCOME STATISTICS of babies born before 26 weeks gestation:
-Those who may develop a severe disability secondary to early birth- 22%
-Those who may develop a moderate disability or special needs from premature birth- 24%
-Those who may develop a mild disability- 34%
-20% of all those born at 26 weeks gestation or earlier will have no long term effects from their prematurity.
--Statistics Sources: - Center for Disease Control, March of Dimes, WHO (World Health Organization), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (09-13)
Why we fight
We choose to fight because they fight every day and don’t have that choice.
We fight because every baby deserves at least 39 weeks.
We fight because all babies are entitled to a healthy start.
We fight because no one should have to start parenthood drenched in fear, worry, and terror.
We fight because no parent should have to question or make the decision on whether support should be held or stopped.
We fight because premature babies face life-threatening conditions that NO baby should have to face. They fight every day…just to breathe.
We fight because we believe in the power of coming together to spread awareness. Knowledge is power and together we CAN change the statistic.
We want to give hope to every baby and every family and inspire those going through the battle right now to believe in miracles…because they happen.
We fight because they can’t.
We fight because babies shouldn’t have to.