Today is World Prematurity Day, as most of you know our son was born 8 weeks early weighing 2lbs 7oz, so education on Prematurity is near and dear to my heart. You can read more about our story, just click on the Cohen’s Story tab under our banner.
In the United States 12.5% of all births are premature. In Canada the rate is 8.5% and in Northern Europe it is only 5%.
The neonatal intensive care unit care costs us $6 billion every year (never mind all the follow up care, repeat hospitalizations, special ed in school etc.).
Prematurity accounts for 47% of all costs related to infant (less than age one) hospitalization and 27% of all pediatric stays in hospital. That’s right, 1/4 of the costs of hospitalization for every child under the age of 18 is from the NICU. Wow.
A healthy baby at term spends 1.9 days in the hospital. The average for preemies is 12.9 days. Cohen spent 29 days in the NICU. Some preemies are in for 200 days.
The cost of hospitalization at birth for a healthy term baby is $600. For a premature baby (average of all gestational ages) the cost is $15,100.
Prematurity is the leading cause of cerebral palsy.
If if you are a preemie parent I Strongly suggest her book!
We will be giving away 4 Simple Statement Ornaments (pattern by Lisa @ goodknits) and a basketweave head wrap. 2 ornaments will be going to preemie families so if you have a preemie in your family please tell us a little bit about them. The other three items are for anybody to win….let us know one thing you are most thankful for. You can enter here, on our fb page, or tag us in a twitter post. Good Luck, wear purple, and spread awareness!