1 in 10 babies is born prior to completing 37 weeks of gestation – Premature. The social, emotional and financial burdens of delivering prematurely are extraordinary and unexpected. In Wyoming, premature babies must be transferred out of state for appropriate care, adding to the disruption and expense. Mothers who have given birth to premature infants have to travel out of state to Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Denver Colorado, Salt Lake City Utah, Billings Montana and Rapid City South Dakota. This is a huge burden of not only the mother but the entire family.
The Mission of “Before 37 in 307” is:
Raise money to be distributed to families experiencing prematurity to help defray unexpected costs;
Provide “in-kind” donations – neighbors helping neighbors – to keep the family unit functioning as normally as possible;
Provide a platform to raise awareness of the problem of Prematurity, the advances being made in the field, and allow for individual activism to achieve positive impact.
Before 37 in 307 is a tax-exempt organization, incorporated in the State of Wyoming, and included under the umbrella of It’s For the Children, a non-profit organization recognized as a 501c3 corporation by the U.S Internal Revenue Service.
ALL PROFITS FROM THIS STORE GO DIRECTLY TO HELPING FAMILIES
According to the Mayo Clinic " A premature birth is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby is due. In other words, a premature birth is one that occurs before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy. Normally, a pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks.Premature birth gives the baby less time to develop in the womb. Premature babies, especially those born earliest, often have complicated medical problems.Depending on how early a baby is born, he or she may be:
Late preterm, born between 34 and 36 weeks of pregnancy
Moderately preterm, born between 32 and 34 weeks of pregnancy
Very preterm, born at less than 32 weeks of pregnancy
Extremely preterm, born at or before 25 weeks of pregnancy"
Across the country, prematurity is responsible for 35 percent of all infant deaths, is a leading cause of long-term neurological disabilities in children, and costs the U.S. healthcare system more than $26 billion per year. A full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, but many babies are electively delivered earlier. Even babies born at 35 to 37 weeks’ gestation – so called late-preterm babies – are premature and can suffer life-long consequences from this early delivery. In the U.S. in 2012, roughly 456,000 babies were born prematurely, 1,000 of those in Wyoming.