UAE support group Small Mighty Babies invite all parents and children to Ripe Market on World Prematurity Day on 17 November. The Dubai-founded initiative aims to bring the community together and raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm babies and their families.
Back for a second year, Small and Mighty Babies will lead a walking group around Zabeel Park, tots in tow, in honour of of all the ‘mighty babies’ within the Small and Mighty Babies community. The event will also see Mummy and Me yoga, prizes and goody bags.
One in 10 babies are born too early. Premature birth is still the leading cause of death in children under the age of five and preterm babies are more likely to have health issues than babies born full term, and may face long-term health problems that affect the brain, the lungs, hearing or vision.
Founded in 2013 by British mother, who decided to use her own experience to help others, she writes on her blog: “We are mothers and our hearts beat the same as we love, prayer and nurture our babies currently on life support. Our group hopes to help families who may just need someone to talk to outside a medical environment, share information, guidance and support, please get in touch,” founder Joanne Hanson-Halliwell writes on her blog. “No matter which hospital or city you are based Small and Mighty Babies can be a support network for you.”
The Birtish mother founded the group in 2013 after she decided to use her own experience in Mediclinic City Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to help others. Today, the Small Might Babies community has over 300 UAE parents supporting each other.
Head down to Ripe Market with on 17 November to get involved in this global movement and to help raise awareness of this serious health crisis.