At the joint initiative of the Regional College of the Bulgarian Association of Health Care Professionals in Varna and the Department of Social Medicine and Health Care Organization at MU–Varna, an information campaign on premature childbirth and the particularities of premature children is scheduled for 17 November at 10.00 a.m., in "Mama and I" Children's Centre at 35, D. Ikonomov, Str. The initiative is targeted at pregnant women, parents of premature children, medical and healthcare students, and everyone interested in the topic. This event is a part of the jubilee programme on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Department and is one of the initiatives dedicated to the World Prematurity Day.
This year the focus is: “Small steps towards big changes!" During the discussion, involving a team of specialists, the following topics will be highlighted: What can pregnant women do to prevent premature childbirth; What are the particularities of premature children; Why is it important to breastfeed babies; How to stimulate lactation during the period when mothers and babies are separated; What are the options for supporting babies and parents; What are the necessary preventive examinations (the so-called childcare consultation) and Opportunities for socialisation in early childhood.
Prevention of premature childbirth through adequate pregnancy monitoring, optimal post-natal care as well as monitoring the development of premature children are essential in order to reduce the incidence and consequences. According to data provided by the World Health Organisation, premature birth is the main cause of death of children under the age of five. Around 15 million babies in the world are born prematurely, which is approximately 1 in 10 children. In Europe, around 500 000 babies are born prematurely. Approximately 6 000 premature children are born in Bulgaria every year, which in about 12 % of all births, or every 12th baby.