Teratology Society Helps Spread The Word About Healthy Pregnancies on World Prematurity Day
Reston, VA - As people around the globe prepare to recognize World Prematurity Day on November 17, the Teratology Society, the premier source for cutting-edge research and authoritative information related to birth defects and developmentally-mediated disorders, encourages researchers to continue examining the causes of preterm birth.
World Prematurity Day has been recognized since 2011 with more than 60 countries participating in activities to highlight the problem. According to the March of Dimes, the organization leading the charge in highlighting issues surrounding prematurity, preterm birth is the leading the cause of death of children under the age of 5 worldwide. Born Too Soon, a report published by the March of Dimes and its partners, found that 15 million are born prematurely around the world each year.
“We know there is a strong association between being born before 37 weeks gestation and mortality and functional deficits,” said Tacey White, PhD, Teratology Society president. “It’s crucial that researchers continue to examine prematurity which will hopefully lead to the development of more prevention strategies.”
Preterm birth and the effort to collect better data, improve medical care and stronger health care organization partnerships, is the subject of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ground Rounds that occurred earlier today.