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HertsPrems Wear Purple Appeal This November

The International colour for World Premature day on 17/11/2013 is Purple so you could show your support, and ask your friends and family to do the same. Make sure to take some photos and share them with us.

This half term let’s get our local schools or work places get involved in “Wear Purple Day” on Friday the 15/11/13 to raise funds for Hertsprems ….email for details…without you we would be now where!!!!

People could pay £1 towards the event or buy our bracelets £2 to take part, that way we raise valuable funds. To make your efforts count; set up you own team on:

Being very clear of the NICU or SCBU support….i.e. L&D NICU Appeal or WGH-SCBU in your heading and in your story so monies go to the right place…

Otherwise pay into the existing Just giving groups for Herts Prem:



We have wristbands enhancing Hertsprems awareness campaign available at £2; you can find us on Facebook


– As many as 11.5 percent of all pregnancies — About 450,000 babies in the United States alone — end in early deliveries.

-80 plus percent of preterm births are unanticipated. -Approximately 45–50% of preterm births are idiopathic. (unknown)

-30% are related to preterm rupture of membranes. (PROM)

-15–20% are attributed to medically indicated (example: preeclampsia, abruption, IUGR) or elective preterm deliveries.

“Events leading to preterm birth are still not completely understood, although the etiology is thought to be multifactorial. It is, however, unclear whether preterm birth results from the interaction of several pathways or the independent effect of each pathway. Causal factors linked to preterm birth include medical conditions of the mother or fetus, genetic influences, environmental exposure, infertility treatments, behavioral and socioeconomic factors, and iatrogenic (related to medical examination or treatment) prematurity.” (WHO)


-More than 70 percent of premature babies are born between 34 and 36 weeks gestation.

-12 percent of premature babies are born between 32 and 33 weeks gestation.

-10 percent of premature babies are born between 28 and 32 weeks gestation.

-6 percent of premature babies are born before 28 weeks gestation.

SURVIVAL RATES: (approximately based on multiple factors)

-Babies born 23 weeks have a 17 percent chance of survival.

-Babies born at 24 weeks have a 39 percent chance of survival.

-Babies born at 25 weeks have a 50 percent chance of survival.

-Babies born at 26 weeks have an 80 percent chance of survival.

-Babies born at 27 weeks have a 90 percent chance of survival.

-Babies born between 28-31 weeks gestation have at 90-95 percent chance of survival.

-Babies born between 32-33 weeks have a 95 percent chance of survival.

-Most babies born 34 weeks or greater have the same likelihood of survival as a full term infant. (full term now defined as 39 to 40.6 weeks gestation)

The odds of survival increase as the pregnancy progresses. With every week a baby remains in the womb the chance for thriving and surviving increases. However, gestational age isn’t the only determining factor for survival for babies born too early. Multiple factors play an important role in how well a baby will do including birth weight, complications of pregnancy such as placental abruption, infection, and immature lung development to name just a few. Fortunately medical research and advances have increased the chances of survival in even the tinniest of babies.

OUTCOME STATISTICS of babies born before 26 weeks gestation:

-Those who may develop a severe disability secondary to early birth- 22%

-Those who may develop a moderate disability or special needs from premature birth- 24%

-Those who may develop a mild disability- 34%

-20% of all those born at 26 weeks gestation or earlier will have no long term effects from their prematurity.

Statistics Sources: – Center for Disease Control, March of Dimes, WHO (World Health Organization), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (09-13)

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