Premature Birth Prevention and Support

Join us as we share tips and resources to help reduce the risk of premature birth, and support new parents of premature babies.


As part of our continued effort to promote and celebrate healthy and joyous births for Black families in Los Angeles County, the African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative is commemorating Prematurity Awareness Month (Nov. 1-30) by sharing messages of hope, healing, and a call to activate “The Village” as an anchor of support for families in the prevention of premature births and for families with babies born prematurely. 


As premature birth is the second leading cause of infant mortality, and Black women in particular have the highest rate of premature births in the state of California (12%, according the 2020 March of Dimes Report Card, which is 48% higher than the best rate), this effort is closely aligned with the mission of AAIMM. If we can prevent premature birth, we can have a significant impact on reducing the rate of Black infant death overall—and that is why our work is so important. 

Throughout the month of November, we hope to create conversations and will share information about:

  • Looking for/knowing the signs of a potential premature birth
  • Information about prevention/risk
  • Help in the event of a premature delivery

We invite you to join us in our efforts by:

  • Following us on social media @blackinfantsandfamiliesla and sharing our campaign messages throughout the month
  • Use hashtag #PrematurityAwarenessMonth, #WorldPrematurityDay and #ActivateYourVillage to share your own stories and those of others
  • Download our Prematurity Awareness: Activate Your Village as an Anchor of Support Tip Sheet and share it with others (coming soon)
  • Hosting or attending events and conversations around the subject of Premature Birth and prevention during the month of November
  • Get involved with our partnering organizations who are doing work to directly help families who are experiencing premature birth and/or stays in the NICU: March of Dimes and Mighty Little Giants

Together, we can help close the gap and help usher in an era of joyous and healthy births for Black infants and families. Thank you for being a part of our village!




March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month 2021

Join March of Dimes in the fight for full-term pregnancies and ending preventable preterm birth, so all babies and families can have the best possible start.

Click here for more information.



According to the March of Dimes, during 2017-2019 in the United States, preterm birth rates were highest for Black infants (14.0%) on average compared to babies of other races. In the state of California, the rate of premature births for Black infants is 12% and the preterm birth rate among Black women/birthing persons is 43% higher than the rate among all other women. The African American Infant and Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative is working to bring about equitable birthing outcomes for all babies and, therefore, holds this effort to help preemies thrive close to our mission. 

September 1-31 is Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month, a month dedicated to honoring the families of critically ill and prematurely born infants who are experiencing stays in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the health professionals who care for them. This month, we are highlighting our AAIMM Prevention Initiative partners, March of Dimes, and Village Fund Grantee, Mighty Little Giants, who are both working to help families with prematurely born babies ensure that their little ones have the best chance for a hopeful, healthy future.

March of Dimes’ NICU Family Support® Program provides resources and support to NICU families and hospital staff. Along with printed and digital materials, and parent education curriculum, they also have the My NICU Baby® App available for free to download. The app provides NICU families with answers, tools, and support. 

Read our profile on Mighty Little Giants, join their upcoming events, and follow them on Facebook (@mightylittlegiants) for information and Facebook Live Q & As. 

Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure that all mothers/birthing persons have a chance at a joyful birthing experience and that all babies are given an equal opportunity to be healthy and thrive. You are the Village that helps make it happen!