St. Paul's marks World Prematurity Day with tea for preemie "graduates," staff

Nov 16, 2017 | News

Celebrants gather at last year's World Prematurity Day at St. Paul's Hospital

Today, November 17, St. Paul’s Maternity Ward and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) host a special tea to mark World Prematurity Day.

In honour of the occasion, St. Paul’s staff, volunteers, preemies who “graduated” from our NICU and families that are currently getting care are warmly invited to the Maternity/NICU conference room for a tea. It be decorated in purple with flowers, balloons and great people. There will be tea, coffee and purple cupcakes.

The tea is being held from 10 am to noon to celebrate the miracles, hard work, and care that goes into helping our preemies.

Former SPH patient Joselyn Porciuncula has organized the celebration since 2013. She was inspired to give back to St Paul’s NICU and community after spending time there with her son, who was born premature as 32 weeks and 5 days. Stefanie MacLeod, a patient care leader at SPH,  joined Joselyn in 2014 after her son was born at St Paul’s Hospital at 35 weeks gestation.

In Canada, one in 12 babies is born prematurely. Raising awareness for World Prematurity Day is important to understand and learn why and how it happens, and most importantly to ensure premature babies and their families receive optimal care and support. For more preemie resources go to the Canadian Premature Babies Foundation site:


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