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America Scores a “D” on the Premature Birth Report Card


Hello Everyone

I haven’t disappeared… I’ve just been too busy outside for computer time!

This is a copy of a letter I received today trying to

spread the word

about Prematurity in this country……

Today is the release of the second annual Premature Birth Report Card, and I wanted you to hear the news from me: America receives a “D.” As a country, we are failing to give our babies the healthy start they deserve.

Your state has received its own report card. I’m afraid you’ll agree we have a long way to go. In fact, before the end of this year, more than half a million babies will be born too soon, some very sick.

It’s Prematurity Awareness Day® — the day when we’re all focused on the terrible toll of premature birth on babies and families. The report card reminds us how urgent the problem is. But with the support of people like you, we can continue to fund lifesaving research and programs.

If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll visit our Web site and join the fight for preemies.


Dr. Jennifer L. Howse


2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Before you stress that “D” too much, consider how many of those children only made it that far through their gestation due to America’s incredible level of medical care for pregnant women and their unborn children.

    We as a country bring more children nearer to full-term than many others, even other developed countries. That invariably leads to skewed statistics since nobody wants to talk about how many children don’t survive their gestation in other countries.

    November 17, 2009
  2. I am not American, but I did give birth prematurely. So I know first-hand how pressing these problems are. I hope that with our money and efforts, we can make a better world for all of our children.

    It is also my hope that we can do a much better job of helping parents of preemies. Right now we focus on saving these babies medically, which is critical. But parents are often pushed to the side, and that isn’t good for anyone. These babies deserve all the help they can get, and that includes the emotional and physical presence of their parents, and special care to promote bonding and breastfeeding.

    November 17, 2009

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