KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Many around the world are bringing awareness to premature births during the month of November. Thursday is World Prematurity Day. Supporters are wearing purple to awareness to the fact that one in 10 babies will be premature.
Eight babies are born prematurely in Tennessee each week, according to March of Dimes. The state received a “D” for having a premature birth rate of 11 percent. Shelby County had one of the highest preterm birth rates in the state at 12.5 percent in 2014 and received a “F.” Knox County received a “D” for having a rate of 10.4 percent in 2014.
According to the organization, premature birth is the number one killer of infants in the country and the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 around the world.
March of Dimes, a national organization that works to improve infant health, is asking supporters to take photos while wearing purple. Social media posts are encouraged to use the hashtags “#worldprematurityday” and “#givethemtomorrow.”