Observation from SLBMC Paediatric Dept. Chair
“Prematurity is everyone's business. It is a global problem. This year marks the 5th
anniversary of Antigua & Barbuda joining the global movement with activities,
special events and most importantly, committing to action to help address
premature birth and help improve the lives of preterm babies and their families.
During Prematurity Awareness Month, we also take the time to reflect on our
unique challenges and victories and recognize the need for continued quality
improvement in the care that we deliver.
We continue to be encouraged by the support received from our families and the
community. Our recently held Prematurity Walk saw over one hundred (100)
participants—our NICU graduates and their families, staff and many
others—coming out and successfully completing the annual trek from Police
Recreation Grounds to Merryland Amusement Park.
For us to continue our work it takes a dedicated team and partners who believe in
our mission, and for this we want to thank them. Our partners for the Prematurity
Walk this year included: Baby Beanz Boutique, Wishing Well Inc., Sandals
Grande Antigua and Total Imports.
The clarion call remains for our expectant women to have at least eight (8) visits
with their health care provider during pregnancy, as preventing deaths and
complications from preterm births starts with a healthy pregnancy.
The nation’s hospital, Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre, remains committed to
ensuring that no baby born too soon is left behind.”
Paediatric Dept. Chair
Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre