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Using Antenatal Steroids, Kangaroo Care Would Help Save Premature Infants

Noting “[m]ore than 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy every year, and one million of those babies die before they are one month old,” March of Dimes Foundation President Jennifer Howse writes in the Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog, “November 17 was the third annual World Prematurity Day and organizations from around the world joined the March of Dimes to call attention to this global problem and what can be done to prevent it.” She continues, “About 75 percent of the babies who don’t survive their early birth could have been saved using two simple, low-cost treatments called antenatal steroids and Kangaroo Care,” which is “when a newborn baby is placed directly on the mother or father’s chest.” Howse writes, “Societies need to make the same kinds of commitment to their health care systems that parents make in caring for their children. World Prematurity Day gives those of us in health care a clear call to make that commitment” (11/18).