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Supporting World Prematurity Month

30 November 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Civic Buildings will be lit up purple on Wednesday 30 November in support of World Prematurity Month.

TinyLife, formerly NIMBA, is Northern Ireland’s premature baby charity and provides practical and emotional support to the parents of premature and sick babies through their raft of Family Support Services. Every day in Northern Ireland six babies are born too soon, some arriving as early as 24 weeks and weighing as little as 1lb. TinyLife is committed to funding medical research into the causes of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage, providing information to health professionals.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, commented “It is great to see the work Tiny Life do throughout the community; they are a life line for families of premature babies. I am delighted that Council are showing their support for a crucial charity.

Antrim mum Ingrida Ksanaviciute, commented on her own experience “DeMarcus was born at 29 weeks, weighing 1.41kg (3.1lbs) due to complications in pregnancy and had very poor lungs and feet development. He then spent 3 months in NNU Antrim where different equipment was used to boost his lung capacity and overall development associated with premature babies and this included working with the TinyLife team. This was quite a stressful and anxious time for all of us but we all enjoyed being part of his development into a full term baby. He was discharged after three months. We continue to work with TinyLife support team by attending gym classes where we do baby massage courses. We find this rewarding as he gets to interact with other babies, learn about touch, movement, relaxation and communication which is exactly what he needs as he grows up and we get to meet other parents and share ideas”.