November is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17th is World Prematurity Day. On World Prematurity Day, countries in nearly every part of the world will take action to raise awareness of what can be done to reduce preterm births and better care for babies born too soon. The United States preterm birth rate peaked in 2006 (at 12.8 percent), but has declined each year since, resulting in an estimated 176,000 fewer babies born preterm over the six-year period, according to the March of Dimes. Although the US has made great strides in reducing our preterm birth rate from historic highs, we still have the highest rate of preterm birth of any industrialized country. A premature birth costs around twelve times as much as full-term healthy birth resulting in the US spending about $26 billion a year on prematurity. Each day leading up to (and probably after) World Prematurity Day, I am posting a reader's preemie success story on my website: www.micropreemie.net Please visit and read these wonderful preemie stories and learn about organizations that support prematurity awareness! Thank you!