Prematurity Awareness month

November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and November 17th is World Prematurity Day – both set apart by the March of Dimes to focus our attention on the global problem of premature birth. With good reason: Each year, more than 15 million babies are born prematurely, with one million of them dying and many thousands surviving to face a lifetime of disability, simply because they didn’t have enough time to grow.

At GE Healthcare we are doing all we can to help ensure bright futures for the world’s newborns, and their mothers. Our solutions are a powerful example of how GE Healthcare works to make a difference in the lives of these newborns and their families. Our collective goal is to help these precious ones not simply survive, but thrive, whatever the circumstances of their birth.

Did you know …?**

Over 15 Million babies a year are born prematurely worldwide
3,519,100 premature babies a year are born in India, the country with the greatest number of preterm births
More Than 1 Million preterm babies die every year in the world
75% of them could survive with inexpensive treatment

Source: World Health Organization, Babies Born Too Soon

Educational support to help you deliver better care to moms and babies

Babies are born prematurely everywhere, every day. GE helps you deliver the special care they need, giving them the best chance for healthy growth and development. Stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and therapies for infant and mom with "Perinatal Perspectives" - a program designed to provide clinicians with evidence-based research and clinical practice to enhance and standardize care.

Our clinical webinars are online and global; no matter where you are in the world, you can participate, learn and connect - with experienced clinical specialists and colleagues. Join us for just 60 minutes each month, and you'll gain valuable insight and practical knowledge, and also receive continuing education credit to help meet education requirements for certifications and licensure. Click here to learn more.

Preemie Births Around the World

Premature birth knows no borders. It's a leading cause of newborn death around the world; it's a global problem that demands the awareness and fight of everyone, everywhere. GE is dedicated to giving all babies a healthy start in life. Click here to view an infographic.

Dedicated to preemies and designed for parents

Please take a minute to visit our special web site dedicated to preemies and designed for their parents; you’ll find stories that will melt your heart and may just spur you to action. The site offers true stories of preemies and their families, non-technical information on the technology used to help save these young lives, and an Ask the Expert section to help get the facts out to all those who care.

Visit www.gehealthcare.com/preemiecare.

Go Purple Day

Help increase awareness of prematurity by wearing purple on Tuesday, November 17!

Mobile NICU for Continuous Warmth

Over 13 million babies are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) each year. Globally, 50 percent1,2,3 of babies admitted to the NICU have low body temperature. Studies show that for every one-degree Celsius drop in baby’s body temperature results in increased likelihood of death by 28 percent.

While incubators and baby warmers provide the warmth needed, a risky window emerges when more fragile babies need to be transported from the delivery room or to other parts of the hospital, such as radiology and operating rooms.

Women & Infants Hospital in Rhode Island is using the Giraffe Shuttle and Giraffe OmniBed to facilitate moving babies from the NICU to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for ECMO. View the video

  1. Miller SS, Gould JB, and Lee HC. Hypothermia in very low birthweight infant: Incidence and risk factors. Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, 5/6/2007, E-PAS2007:616280.31.
  2. Bhatt DH, Carlos CG, Parikh AN, White R, Seri I, and Ramanathan R. Prevalence of transitional hypothermia in newborn infants on admission to newborn intensive care units. Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, 5/7/2007, E-PAS2007:617933.23.
  3. Barber N, DeCristofaro JD, and Chen J. Hypothermia and re-warming in extremely low birthweight infants and subsequent clinical consequences. Pediatric Academic Society Meeting, May 2006, EPAS2006:59:365.