Every parent-to-be wants to have a healthy baby, but this doesn’t always happen. More than half a million babies (one in eight of all newborns) in the U.S. are born prematurely every year; worldwide, that figure totals nearly 13 million. In Washington state alone, more than 9,100 babies are born too soon annually.
Because these babies are born prematurely, they are at risk for lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, vision and hearing loss, and learning disabilities. Premature birth is also the leading cause of newborn death in the U.S.
Awareness is the first step to solving this …