World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day, November 17th

World Prematurity Day is a global movement to raise awareness, prevent preterm birth and improve care for babies born preterm.

Preterm birth is a silent and devastating epidemic. Each year, 15 million babies are born prematurely, and sadly one million of those babies will pass away.

The Preterm Birth Initiative honors these babies and their families with a series of events each World Prematurity Day, observed annually on November 17th. We aim to unite communities, researchers and clinicians to raise awareness about the challenges of preterm birth, advance women's health and the care of preterm infants, support families affected by prematurity, and create opportunities for every child born to survive and thrive.


Join the Preterm Birth Initiative to shine the light on health equity. We’ll meet on the Polk Street steps of San Francisco’s majestic City Hall, which will be lit up purple in honor of World Prematurity Day, and hear from mothers of preterm babies, and city representatives.

Click here to sign-up! 

November 17, 2017
San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place
(Polk Street Entrance)
San Francisco

Find out more about the events from World Prematurity Day in 2016 >>


Join the movement

You can easily get involved by using #WorldPrematurityDay on social media and wearing purple to represent prematurity awareness. Or email to join our mailing list and stay informed about local Bay Area events.


About World Prematurity Day

World Prematurity Day was founded in May 2010 in New York by The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI), LittleBigSouls International Charitable Foundation for Africa and March of Dimes, USA. It was officially launched and celebrated as World Prematurity Day in 2011, with the addition of the National Premmie Foundation Australia. World Prematurity Day has since grown exponentially to include hundreds of associations, societies, professionals, private sector organizations, and individuals, as a global day celebrated in more than 100 countries.