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Staff on NICU mark World Prematurity Day 2015

World Prematurity Day is observed on 17th November each year, to raise awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of premature babies and their families worldwide.

The newborn intensive care unit (NICU) at Saint Mary's Hospital, Manchester, marked the occasion with celebratory refreshments for staff and families.

The unit was decorated with purple balloons and washing lines of small socks and bootees, including a washing line with 9 socks and one tiny bootee. This represents the one in 10 of all babies who are born prematurely worldwide.

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The Unit also launched 'The Parent Promise', a document supporting the roles of both parents and nurses when a baby is on NICU.

Parents were also invited to write a message to their baby and hang it on a 'wish tree' in Reception.