My Preemie and Me — a local non-profit organization that assists families with premature babies is continuing to do its part by spreading awareness about this topic.
In light of this, the organization will host “A Bonfire Under the Stars” beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday — World Prematurity Day — at Schelben Park on the Levee front.
Preterm or premature birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed.
In 2020, preterm birth affected one of every 10 infants born in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The bonfire will be used to educate pregnant mothers or new mothers on ways to stay on a healthy road to delivery and post delivery, remember and honor the loved ones lost due to premature challenges and send a message of hope to all mothers and their families,” said Marketta Landrum, My Preemie and Me founder.
The event will feature testimonials, education, music, food and a balloon release.
“It’ll also be a real showcase of success stories, featuring children who have survived prematurity or overcame any obstacles that are associated with being born too early,” Landrum highlighted.