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Saint John Regional Hospital observes World Prematurity Day Nov. 17

SAINT JOHN, NB - November 16, 2016 - Saint John Regional Hospital (SJRH) will host a display to mark World Prematurity Day in the light court area on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9:45 a.m. to noon.   

Approximately 15 million babies are born prematurely each year accounting for more than one in 10 of all babies born worldwide. At SJRH in particular, 104 premature babies have been born to date in 2016.   

World Prematurity Day started in 2011 by the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI), March of Dimes, Africa-based Little Big Souls International Foundation, and the National Preemie Foundation of Australia. It has since been observed in more than 50 countries.    

The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation has played a major role in bringing World Prematurity Day to the forefront across Canada. The foundation has partnered with several organizations to promote nationwide programming. It has supported the International Global Illumination Project, which has resulted in significant Canadian landmarks being illuminated in purple on Nov. 17 to honor preemies, their families and their dedicated caregivers. 

At the SJRH display table, visitors will be able to see an isolette, photos and footprints of premature babies, and a unique display of diapers that would fit newborns ranging in size from one pound up to 20+ pounds. Bookmarks and Preemie Power Pins will also be available. 

For more information, call 506-648-6000. 


For more information contact: 

Stephanie Neilson
Senior Media Relations Advisor

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