March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and FOX 5 has teamed up with the March of Dimes Georgia Chapter to help spread the word.

Related: Upcoming March of Dimes events

Did you know that prematurity is the number one killer of babies worldwide? Prematurity awareness month helps shine a light on the ongoing need to help support programs that give babies a fighting chance at life. Premature babies who do survive often have lifelong health problems, such as cerebral palsy, vision and hearing loss, and intellectual disabilities.  The March of Dimes Georgia Chapter awards grants to local organizations to meet the urgent needs of babies and families in our communities.

In Georgia, in an average week, 2,505 babies are born.  Out of these births, 317 are born premature, 231 are born low birthweight (under 5.5 lbs), and 16 die before their first birthday. Georgia is has one of the highest preterm birth rates in the country, ranking in the top 10. Something must be done to help give every baby a fighting chance.

To learn more information about Prematurity Awareness Month, the March of Dimes Georgia Chapter, and the various ways you can help, please visit


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