November has been designated international prematurity awareness month in order to assist with raising funds and awareness for prematurity.
Over 13 million babies are born prematurely world-wide each year and of those over 1 million do not make it. Of those preemies who do survive, many suffer long-term health effects. Being the mother of a 29 week preemie, I know all too well the struggle these tiny babies go through. If you want to help I have some ideas for you!
1. If you are a parent of a preemie, share your story online through blogging or on a pregnancy related forum.
2. Share with Family and Friends about International Prematurity Awareness Month.
3. Puchase preemie sized clothing and donate to your local NICU.
4. Donate your used baby blankets to your local NICU.
5. Knit hats and other items in preemie sizes to donate to the NICU.
6. Organise your workplace to volunteer for a “Home for Dinner” night through The Ronald McDonald House. (To spend an evening cooking for the families staying at your local Ronald McDonald House.)
7. Nursing? Have you considered Donating Breastmilk? Alberta is home to the Calgary Mother’s Milk Bank, the very first Breastmilk Bank in Canada.
8. Donate Blood to the Red Cross.
9. Donate Funds to The Ronald McDonald House or The Calgary Mother’s Milk Bank.
10. Donate to or Volunteer with The Linden Fund.
Elizabeth is an IT Professional and a Family Review Blogger at Frugal Mom Eh. She enjoys writing about a variety of topics including parenting and frugal living. When not writing she enjoys playing with her daughter ‘Keira’, painting and reading.