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Local Groups Raise Awareness on Premature Births

Approximately 450,000 babies in the United States are born too soon. And complications from premature births is the number one killer of young children.

As part of World Prematurity Day, Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network, UHS and March of Dimes are coming together to help bring down this number by raising awareness about premature birth and how it can be prevented.

Megan Jaiidl who gave birth after only 33 weeks into pregnancy understands the importance of raising awareness every time she holds her daughter Rylee.

"It was one of the scariest moments of my life. To have something happen so soon; we weren't ready, we didn't expect it. We're just very lucky," said Jaiidl.

"We really truly want to make sure that every baby is born as healthy as they can be.And for those who start life a little too soon, that we can give them all of the resources and assistance that need to help them grow and develop correctly," said Executive Director of M&BPN Sharon Chesna.

Officials say universal access to quality health care can help prevent a majority of deaths from preterm birth. They also say more research is needed to discover the exact causes and prevention of preterm births.