All across the country this month people are helping raise awareness about premature births. According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 8 babies born in the US each year is born prematurely and 15 million babies worldwide are born too soon.1 Many of these little fighters will grow up healthy and unaffected by their early entrance into the world, however many will not. These babies are at an increased risk of serious medical complications and lasting disabilities including cerebral palsy; chronic lung diseases and vision and hearing problems.1
Although decades of research have been unable to identify an effective way to help prevent premature births, medical providers have made tremendous advances in caring for babies born too small and too soon.
Miracle Babies, founded by Dr. Sean Daneshmand and based in San Diego, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education, support, and financial assistance to families with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). ViaCord is proud to have an ongoing collaborative study with Miracle Babies. The study aims to discover better umbilical cord blood and cord tissue collection methods for preemies. Ultimately, this research has the potential to address significant unmet needs in the treatment of severe illnesses in premature babies and may improve the availability of future therapeutic options for individuals born prematurely.
As part of honoring Prematurity Awareness Month we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the researchers, medical professionals and organizations around the world that dedicate their time and extraordinary effort to help prevent premature births and improve the lives of premature babies and their families. The work you do is truly amazing.
Click here to read more specifics about the ViaCord and Miracle Babies collaborative study in our press release from last year.