Worldwide 15 million babies are born prematurely every year and premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. World Prematurity Day on November 17 raises awareness of this serious health crisis and draws attention to the lifesaving research, treatments and community support available to give every baby a fighting chance.
On 17 November 2017 between 17:30 – 19:30, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum will be lit up in purple, in support of this important cause. Light refreshments will be served and guests attending this event are asked to bring a blanket or beanie that will be donated in support of under privileged mom’s and babies.
Mom’s and anyone needing more support and information on the topic of pre-term babies are invited to attend the conference Baby Preemie and Me: Pregnancy, baby and beyond on 1-2 December 2017. Booking is essential. For more information visit the website https://www.babypreemieandme.com
On 18th november the Art Museum is hosting a mom’s talk by Leah Hughes, the Founder of Gentle Breastfeeding Support, for new and expectant moms. The topic of the talk is “The Art of Being a Mom: Breastfeeding, pre-birth planning and the first few days of motherhood”. Mom’s are welcome to arrive from 9:30 and the talk will commence at 10:00. Babies are most welcome and the venue is pram friendly and has facilities for changing nappies.
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Art Museum. Moms are invited to enjoy an exhibition titled Motherhood curated by the Art Museum staff in tribute of mothers everywhere. The exhibition explores the theme of motherhood through artworks selected from the Museum’s permanent collection. Artworks depict the beauty and joy of motherhood alongside works that show the challenges and struggles that women face when they become mothers.
The talk is supported by Little Big Souls an international not-for-profit organization committed to the health of babies and reducing death and disability for pre-term babies born in Africa. “We provide a fighting chance to these beautiful souls”.
Lucky draw prizes are up for grabs at the talk.
Please RSVP for the talk and lighting up event before 13 November 2017 – 041 506 2000.