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New Fiona book given to families of preemies at Children's for World Prematurity Day

New Fiona book given to families of preemies at Children's for World Prematurity Day (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Friday is World Prematurity Day, so local health care providers are speaking out in support of new moms.

The March of Dimes issued its 2017 Premature Birth Report Card on the Awareness Day. It shows preterm birth rate is up for the second year in a row when it had been declining.

So, doctors at Cincinnati Children's Hospital did something special on Friday to lift of families of “preemies” by giving them a new “Fiona” book.

Fiona is the hippo who was born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The author of the book, who is also a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, says he hopes to lift the spirits of those who have children in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Fiona was a fighter and the author knows many of these families can relate.

The book, called “Fiona's Feelings,” is a board book.

The hope is to encourage families, but also to remind all of us that premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide.

By raising awareness on World Prematurity Day, the team at Children’s not only wants to reduce these odds, they want families to feel that they are supported, and like Fiona they can overcome the challenges with the right team.

Some of the team that helped Fiona were also part of Cincinnati Children's team.

You can get the book at the “Blue Manatee” if you want a copy. It costs $7.99 and part of the proceeds go to the Cincinnati Zoo.

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