A routine check, which meant a day off work for us for the appointment in the morning, and then to the local cafe for a toasted sandwich to get excited over the scan pictures. Never would we have thought that hours later we would be parents of twins, the toasted sandwich would have to wait… While time stood still and the world carried on around us, we joined the other 60,000 sets of parents in the UK (15 million worldwide) who would have their life turn upside down each year and would spend months not being able to hug their baby.[youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_m1v1UhDO4&w=350]
For BLISS, the charity supporting parents of premature babies, they are helping to turn that world back the right way up with a number of events to mark World Prematurity Day on the 17th of November 2014. Events such as national photo collage, Little Lights walks taking place across the country, and sharing stories during Bliss Hour (a chain of 12pm local time across the globe for the 24hours) in order to raise funds and highlight awareness of the serious issues that face parents and their families.
We are very much aware of the likelihood of twin and multiple pregnancies not reaching full-term, this is a subject very close to our and our reader’s hearts.
How to Join In
Join in at 12pm local time on Friday 14 November for Bliss’ hour in the international 24 hour twitter relay. Share your story. @Blisscharity – Tweet the following message – I am supporting #worldprematurityday to help the 15 million babies born too soon each year with @Blisscharity
Update your Facebook status on 17 November – I am supporting Bliss this World Prematurity Day to to make sure all the tiny babies get the support they need. Help us raise awareness of the serious issues faced by them and their families by sharing and liking. https://www.facebook.com/WorldPrematurityDay
Donate to to Bliss for World Prematurity Day here
For further information, see BLISS
WEAR OR SHOW THE COLOUR OF WORLD PREM DAY
CHANGE YOUR TWITTER/FACEBOOK FOR THE DAY TO SHOW SUPPORT
Tell me more
- Premature baby – born before 37 weeks
- Moderately Premature – born between 35 and 37 weeks
- Very Premature – born between 29 and 34 weeks
- Extremely Premature – born before 29 weeks