06 November 2012

World Prematurity Day



World Prematurity Day on 17th November is about raising awareness of premature births around the globe. Expecting a baby can be a very exciting time, however if your precious bundle puts in an appearance earlier than planned, the emotional roller coaster ride can be extremely stressful for the whole family.
Baby James born at 36 weeks weighing 4lb 6oz


A baby is classed as premature if it arrives before 37 weeks gestation. In the UK, one in every eight babies is born too soon, either as a result of labour starting early or the delivery being induced. 

Survival statistics improve the further progressed the pregnancy is, but from 24 weeks gestation, the baby is considered viable. The smaller the baby, the more care it will generally require immediately after birth. There are just over two hundred neonatal units in the UK offering care for preemies.

Baby Liberty born at 36 weeks weighing 3lb 15oz

Having a baby in neonatal care can be distressing and frightening for parents. Seeing your baby connected to lots of tubes and wires in a neonatal unit and not being able to hold them close, coupled with the worry of whether they will survive can be exhausting, both mentally and physically. It is however important for the hospital to monitor body temperature, organ function and oxygen levels and ensure baby is nourished to maximise survival chances.

Baby Eirwyn born at 34 weeks weighing 3lb 2oz

One of the most important issues when caring for a premature baby is maintaining an appropriate body temperature and most baby clothes; even newborn size, will be too big. As the skin is so fragile, handling of baby must be kept to a minimum and clothing that is too large is simply going to irritate and cause difficulties in an incubator. Early Baby Store offers Europe’s largest selection of premature and tiny baby clothing, providing the perfect solution to a real need.

Baby Lucy born at 26 weeks weighing 2lb 1oz and baby Keane born at 33 weeks weighing  4lb 5oz


*** WIN ***

To help raise awareness of World Prematurity Day the lovely people at the Early Baby Store have provided a beautiful lounge set to giveaway in size 3-6 months. Made from 100% cotton it is soft on baby's delicate skin and the envelope neckline makes dressing easier. The footed, elasticated trousers keep your little one snug as do the long sleeves as the colder seasons have arrived. 
 You can select if you would like the set in pink or blue. 



This would make an ideal gift for a friends baby this Christmas or to use on your tiny one! 
You can enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below before 30th November 2012.

Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway



Families with an early baby may find Bliss the Premature Baby Charity a useful resource. It can be contacted at www.bliss.org.uk with a free advice line on 0500 618140

*This is not a sponsored post.*

98 comments :

  1. following you on gfc ianmaciver

    could i have both if not any would be great

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  2. Would love to win either colour, to donate to charity, thank you.

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  3. Either colour would be fab as my best friend has just had a boy and my cousin is waiting until the birth to find out. Exciting!

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  4. Following you via GFC already as Attachment Mummy :-)

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  5. I've never had a premature baby but know several that have been born too early. My baby girl was 9 days late and would love the pink outfit.

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  6. I follow with GFC as Red Rose Mummy

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  7. Following on Networked Blogs as Emma Howard

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  8. Pink Set for me please. Well Done on raising awareness.

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  9. I follow via GFC - robertfox24

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  10. Never knew of such a day. I can't imagine how challenging it must be for parents with kids born too early but these pics show such adorable brave, strong little souls.

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  11. I would like the blue set please, I am due a little boy in February :)
    Following via GFC as bcd2009 x

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  12. i would like to say blue please as my sister is due to find out the sex of her baby this month and as my mum has 4 daughters and 3 grandaughters we are rooting for a boy this time!
    also thanks for raising awareness on this i was unaware of this but i will know for the future. my daughter was born at 35 weeks, no medical problems completly healthy pregnancy so totally unexpected. she spent a week in special care and it was a really worrying and stressful time but i was lucky to be allowed to stay in with her which helped a lot!

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  13. also im following on gfc as tracey bowden

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  14. I would love a blue set. Fingers crossed for a boy!

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  15. followingg via email kerry.brown17@yahoo.co.uk

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  16. I would like pink please. following on gfc ummziyad
    none of mine have been premature they tend to come late, apart my youngest induced at 37 weeks so on the early side but not really early

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  17. I would love to win the pink one please,
    claire matthews-curtis
    claire.bob23@hotmail.co.uk

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  18. Either would be perfect as i would donate to local SCBU where 2 of mine were when born

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  19. sorry im andrea tinkler...forgot to put that simontink@aol.com

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  20. pink please for my friend

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  21. pink please :)
    follwing via gfc and networked blogs as amanda walsh

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  22. Blue please. No experience to relate although my son did go to neonatal despite being full term.

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  23. pink would be lovely please. my own little one turned up early!

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  24. following on gfc as louise mathema

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  25. following on GFC as emma cella

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  26. following on GFC as emma cella

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  27. Blue please, Thank you

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  28. Pink please, thank you so much

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  29. The doctors & nurses on these NICU ward do amazing things! These tiny treasures are so strong, must be so difficult to see your little one tied up with tubes.

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    1. following through google blog name is naturalbornmakeupaddict :)

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  31. Pink please if i win. pwclayton

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  32. would love the pink for my 9 week old

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  33. Following on GFC as laurastewardcomp

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  34. Following your blog as Nikki Stewart

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  35. Blue Please

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  36. I would like the pink set please :-)

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  37. I am following via GFC as Tracy K Nixon Thank you x

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  38. Following via GFC as Diane Carey

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  39. my daughter has had to miscarriages so far and is now finally reached month 6 in her 3rd pregnancy with a baby girl so i would love pink please

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  40. Pink please

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  41. Pink please, if I'm fortunate enough to win

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  42. Thanks for the giveaway, pink please if I am lucky enough to win x

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  43. Blue please.
    I follow via Networked Blog
    (Farhana Haque)

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  44. As of Friday, I now know I will need items for a new NEPHEW so I would like blue please. My bro and sis-in-law's first was premature but fingers crossed my new nephew will stay put until his due date!

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  46. The pink would be perfect :) gorgeous!!

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  47. This post brought tears to my eyes. A friend recently lost her premature son. It must be absolutely awful :(. Would love the pink please :(

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  48. Would love blue for my new 2nd cousin :)

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  49. Would love to win the blue set please :D

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  50. Would love the blue set
    celia@wests.demon.co.uk

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  51. Pink please
    jen louise jackson
    @jen1984j

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  52. Pink please, would be perfect for my best friend who is expecting a little girl in January

    @robynlclarke

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  53. Subscribed on Google Friend Connect - robynl

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  54. Pink Please.

    My little girl is now 11 weeks but spent 6 days in neonatal when she was born.

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  55. Pink please - my little girl is due on February 11th!

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  56. Pink please :) x

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