World Prematurity Day: New WHO guidelines on skin-to-skin contact from the moment of birth

Today is World Prematurity Day, a day to celebrate the health and wellbeing of babies born too early. To mark the day, the World Health Organization has issued new guidelines highlighting the importance of skin-to-skin contact from the moment of birth.

#worldprematurityday Wise words from the WHO Director-General: “Preterm babies can survive, thrive, and change the world — but each baby must be given that chance”. 17th November is World Prematurity Day. — 1 in 10 babies are born preterm each year. — That’s around 15 million babies each year who are born too early. — 1 million children die each year from complications relating to preterm birth. — Preterm birth is now the leading cause of death of children under 5.

17th November 2022: #WorldPrematurityDay



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Toni Harman

I help parents and health professionals better understand the science of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the microbiome.