8 infants born prematurely in Tennessee weekly

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Many around the world are bringing awareness to premature births during the month of November. Thursday is World Prematurity Day. Supporters are wearing purple to bring awareness to the fact that 1 in 10 babies will be premature.

Eight babies are born prematurely in Tennessee each week, according to the March of Dimes. In fact, the state received a D for having a premature birth rate of 11 percent.

Shelby County had one of the highest preterm birth rates in the state at 12.5 percent in 2014 and received an F. Knox County was given a D for having a rate of 10.4 percent that same year.

According to the March of Dimes, premature birth is the number one killer of infants in the country and the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 around the world.

The organization, which works to improve infant health, asked supporters to take photos while wearing purple on Thursday.

Social media posts were also encouraged to use the hashtags #worldprematurityday and #givethemtomorrow.