To help with the announcement, women legislators came forward to talk about the struggles of being a mother of a premature baby.
State Rep. Sandy Murman's daughter now attends FSU.
“It was probably the scariest moment in my life, to reach out and hold my child in my hand, and I have small hands,” says Sandy.
Murman and Rep. Loranne Ausley stepped up to the podium to show Floridians that premature births can happen to anyone.
“And we know will is our miracle and we are so thankful to the march of dimes and hope others can experience their own miracle,” says Ausley.
Statistics show one in eight babies is born prematurely. Other state figures were also on hand to announce November 18 as Prematurity Awareness Day.
The March of Dimes says this announcement kicks off a five-year public awareness campaign.
“It is a step forward for recognizing signs, getting funding for research to help save babies from death or disability.
March of Dimes spokespersons say premature birth\low birth weight is the leading cause of death in the first month of life.