World Prematurity Day, November 17

Celebrated internationally on November 17th, World Prematurity Day (WPD) acknowledges the journeys of preterm infants and their families as well as raises awareness of the challenges faced by children born preterm and their families. This is ever so important as the incidence of preterm birth, worldwide, is increasing rapidly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year an estimated 15 million infants worldwide are born preterm (over 3 weeks early). Sadly, the complications of preterm birth are among the leading causes of death in children under five. All infants born preterm require immediate and significant medical care posing unexpected challenges — emotional and financial — to their parents and family system.

Purple is the symbolic color of WPD representing sensitivity and individuality, two of the characteristics of the premature infant.


World Prematurity Day 2019

Please Join Us

In honor of World Prematurity Day 2019 the NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) invites you to pay tribute to newborns, and to their families, nursery staff and hospitals around the world who provide essential NIDCAP care.

It is not too early to begin planning for your WPD 2019 celebrations. A popular way to spread the word is through the purple illumination of landmarks in your communities and the purple illumination of hospital websites. The National NIDCAP Training Center in Boston, Massachusetts has arranged for the lighting of the Zakim Bridge which is traversed by tens of thousands of people every day, and the NFI hopes that each training center will arrange for a similar marking of the day whether it be the lighting of a bridge, a government building, your hospital’s website, your NICU’s webpage, or your community’s local newspaper (print or electronic version). Please consider contacting the programs in your communities that can execute such “illuminations”.

Other suggestions for celebrating the day:

  • Send the NFI’s WPD information sheet to your local news agencies to inspire a story about preterm birth;
  • Sponsor activities for the parents of preemies in your newborn intensive care units and/or your communities; You may use this WPD Poster Template to advertise your events.
  • Coordinate an educational workshop for your NICU staff on the sensitivities and individuality of preterm infants; We encourage you to mark World Prematurity Day in your own special way.

For more WPD 2019 information click here.

For past year’s World Prematurity Day celebrations click on the year below:

World Prematurity Day 2018

World Prematurity Day 2017

World Prematurity Day 2016

World Prematurity Day 2015

World Prematurity Day 2014

Please check back for updates on World Prematurity Day 2019.

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