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A World Prematurity Day post, for all the babies born too soon (and for their parents)

Family, NICU, Parenting, premature birth, prematurity, Special Needs, Special Needs ParentingRachel

Did you know that in the United States, 1 in 8 babies is born prematurely?  Or that worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year?

Did you also know that today alone 1,400 babies will be born prematurely?  And that every 30 seconds today a baby will die from premature birth?

Today is World Prematurity Day.

World Prematurity Day is to honor the more than 1 million babies worldwide who died this year because they were born too soon, and the 14 million more who struggle to survive. November 17 is set aside as World Prematurity Day in order to focus everyone’s attention on the serious problem of premature birth.

The following is a recycled post, but one that I felt appropriate to share again in order to honor every baby born prematurely. 

For every baby who survived

For every baby who didn’t.

Aching Arms, Aching Heart

My arms ached when I looked to down to see my baby girl for the first time.

They desperately longed to hold her.

Even if my fingers could simply touch her.

At that time I could do neither.

My heart ached with a deep pain I had never known before.

I was a Mom for the first time and while somewhere inside of me I felt happiness over this new fact, my heart was also gripped by the fear that my feelings of happiness might quickly turn to grief since doctors were unsure how long her life would last.

She had come too early, weighing in at only 2 oz (or 527 grams) and was 11 inches long.

                                                      {Camelia Faith at 23 weeks, 1 day}

That first night after her birth my entire body ached for her; if only she could return to the safe haven of my womb! I begged the Lord to let her live, trusting that He knew whether that was best for us—or not.

As I write now, I rejoice over the fact that my arms don’t ache to hold her anymore; I gave her hugs and kisses just this morning!

Yet, my heart still breaks for so many parents who are unable to hold their child today, or even worse—unable to hold their child ever again.

This post is dedicated to every parent whose child has been hospitalized for any length of time as well as to those special parents whose arms and hearts have experienced the unimaginable ache and grief in that of losing a precious baby or child.

My thoughts and prayers go out to each of those parents today.

2 Corinithians 1:3, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;”

Your JourneyHow has your life has been impacted by premature birth?  Feel free to share your story in the comments!


*Thank you to March of Dimes for providing the premature birth statistics.