Tuesday, November 15, 2011

World Famous Preemies {for Prematurity Awareness Month}

As part of Prematurity Awareness Month, I thought it would be fun to blog about some world famous preemies.  People that have made a large mark here on Earth but started out their life as a very small preemie (all info below taken from Baby and Bump website http://www.babyandbump.com/).

Albert Einstein:  Albert Einstein, famous for his great contributions to math and science, was born premature in Germany in March 1879.  He was once quoted as saying, "There are two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as if everything is."  This rang true for Einstein, who experienced small beginnings in a time where neonatology was virtually non-existent, and when on to make outstanding achievements.

Mark Twain:  Accomplished American writer Mark Twain is also on the roster of famous preemies.  He went on to also experience a premature death, when his obituary was accidentally published in a newspaper long before his actual passing.

Napoleon Bonaparte:  Perhaps his premature birth was responsible for his infamously small stature.  Either way, Napoleon went on to achieve great military success and is regarded today as a genius leader by many.

Stevie Wonder:  Famous American singer Stevie Wonder became blind as an infant do to a condition known as Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). This is a common condition of preemies and takes place when the blood vessels in the back of the eyes are not fully developed and detach from the retinas.  While it would be a challenge for anyone to be blind from birth, Wonder has thrived and his dark sunglasses have become a signature part of his look as a professional musician.

Sir Winston Churchill:  The celebrated former prime minister of England was born 2 months premature.  However even with his difficult start, he was born into great accommodations - a bedroom inside of an Oxfordshire palace.

Victor Hugo:  The great French novelist, most famous for creating the wildy successful Les Miserables, was a preemie of 1802, again beating the odds in a time where medical technology was not in favor of early infants.

Charles Wesley:  A leader of the Methodist church and noted writer of many hymns, Wesley was born 2 months early in England.  Rumor has it he was wrapped tightly in wool until his original due date, preserving his life.

Anna Pavlova:  Small and strong, Anna grew up to be come one of the world's most famous ballerinas, and her influence on the craft continues to be taught to dance students today.

And last but not least......   ;)

Claire Rose Scott:  Claire was born almost 3 months early.  Her blog, Baby Claire's Blog, along with the miracles that God has worked through her, have made her "world famous".  Many people all around the globe read Claire's blog to find out what miracles have happened lately and how God has used Claire to strengthen faith and trust in Him.  Claire's blog has been viewed in countries including US, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Netherlands, Iran, Ukraine, and South Korea. 

My bib says it all!

Hope you have enjoyed this preemie history lesson! 

The Scott Family


  1. What a wonderful list of "greats" that Claire is bound to exceed!!!

  2. Eliza knew that bib was made for Claire when she saw it! Glad she looks so good in it. :)