Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One in nine babies is born too early, according to March of Dimes.
In light of Prematurity Awareness Month, UHS Wilson partnered with Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network to spread awareness about prematurity.
Risk factors that can lead to a premature birth include smoking, drug use and poor nutrition.
March of Dimes says it's best for moms to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks.
UHS Wilson has the only level three neonatal intensive care unit in the region.
Mom Hayley Crimmins has had her baby in Wilson's NICU for the past eight weeks. Her baby was born ten weeks early.
Crimmins said the first few weeks were very traumatic. Now, she is patiently waiting to take her baby home.
"Our piece of advice is to be patient and to know your baby is under the greatest care," Crimmins said. "You don't want to bring home a baby that isn't ready to come home."
World Prematurity Day was recognized Sunday, Nov. 17.