Today more than 1,400 babies in the U.S. will be born prematurely. Many will be too small and too sick to go home.
they face weeks or even months in the newborn intensive care unit
(NICU). These babies face an increased risk of serious medical
complication, and death.
The 2008 Petition for Preemies raises
awareness of the crisis in premature birth and catapults the issue to
the top of the health care agenda. In the United States today, more
newborns die from premature birth than any other cause, and millions of
children face serious health challenges or have trouble learning in
school because they were born too soon.
The petition calls for:
expanded federal support for prematurity-related research to uncover
causes of premature birth leading not only to strategies for
prevention, but improved care and outcomes for preterm infants,
expanded access to health coverage for women of childbearing age and
support for smoking cessation programs as part of maternity care, and
promotion of workplaces that support maternal and infant health.