Why You Might Be Seeing So Many Preemies On Instagram Today

Photographed by Nicole Maroon.
If you happen to be seeing a lot of pictures of tiny babies on Instagram today, it could be because November 17 is World Prematurity Day — a day designated by several non-profits to raise awareness about babies who are born premature.
People are thankfully posting photos of their adorable tiny babies to Instagram to raise that awareness.
But prematurity awareness day isn't just about looking at photos of cute kids. Premature birth is actually the number one killer of children under the age of five worldwide, according to March Of Dimes. Babies who are born too early, any time before 37 weeks is considered premature, are more at risk for short and long-term health problems like: asthma and other lung diseases, gastrointestinal problems, infections, vision problem, hearing loss, and dental problems.
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"Throughout the month we draw attention to the lifesaving research, treatments, and community support made possible when we work together to give every baby a fighting chance," March Of Dimes said in a statement.
As many people said in their Instagram photos, premature birth is hard on parents as well. Several people in the Instagram photos ahead talked about fearing for their children's lives every day they were in the hospital.
"Within a couple days, many new parents leave the hospital with their babies, but I was one of the small percentage who aren’t able to. It was a really weird feeling leaving the hospital without my babies and especially to have to drive one hour and 15 minutes each way home and then back to visit them," Liz Hodges, the mother of quints who were born premature and star of TLC’s forthcoming reality series Hodges Half Dozen, wrote in an essay for Refinery29.
Like Hodges, many parents of preemies have to travel back and forth to the hospital to visit their babies before they're allowed to go home and have to worry about scary medical complications. World Prematurity Day is about raising awareness of the struggle these families go through, making sure they're aware of the resources available to them, and supporting lifesaving research that will hopefully help fewer families have to endure premature births in the future.
Read on for photos from this #WorldPrematurityDay.
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In honor of World Prematurity Day, I’m going to share some very emotional photos with everyone. Yes, having triplets can be hard but the biggest thing that people don’t think about is all of the complications that can come with having multiples. And that #1 thing with multiples is prematurity. Preterm birth (and it’s complications) is the #1 cause of death in babies. About 380,000 babies in the United States are born too soon. The United States’ preterm birth rate is among the worst of high-resource nations. Babies that survive can often have long term health issues like hearing loss, eye problems, cerebral palsy, lung diseases, etc. My job is to inform. I just want everyone to know how hard it all can be and there are ways to help, if you’d like. Luckily for us, our girls didn’t have any serious complications after being born. Cori had severe IUGR due to her size (2lbs 2oz) so I had to deliver them. Although she was the smallest, she was the first to come home from the NICU. Then Charleigh and then Camden. So we were there 2 days short of 8 weeks. Life-changing adventure, I’d say! 🧡 Before I end my post I just want to say how proud of my husband I am!! Not only was he SUCH A BOSS from the moment we found out there were 3 babies in my belly (I blacked out and started crying), throughout my pregnancy and while in the NICU, but he’s been the world’s best father! I know he has super stressful days at work but he just comes home everyday and goes into dad mode with so much ease. It’s legit like having two jobs and he doesn’t ever complain! (Unlike me) So thank you @itschazzfool for taking the best care of us. And a big thank you to all of my friends and family that supported us while in the NICU. #YoureTheRealMVP 💜💜💜 #worldprematurityday #prematurebaby #preemie #preemiepower #triplets #tripletsofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #babies #multiples #NICUgrad #CP3

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So thankful our little man is a healthy toddler, thanks to research fueled by @marchofdimes #worldprematurityday

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#prematurebaby #worldprematurityday #miriclebabies #earlybirds

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