Published November 19, 2012
Every year, in countries rich and poor, more than one million babies die because they are born prematurely. Many of the tiny infants who survive suffer lifelong disabilities. In recent years, organizations focused on child health have been trying to raise awareness about the dangers of premature births and what can be done to prevent them. That's the purpose of World Prematurity Day this Saturday, November 17th. As VOA’s Carol Pearson reports, it's also a day to educate mothers about how to care for babies who are born too soon.