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Transcript of Premature Birth
Kara Coughlin Did you know? Half a million babies are born premature every year, that's one in eight babies. A baby is considered premature if it is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy http://babyclairesblog.blogspot.com/p/claires-story.html Babies born premature usually spend weeks to months in a hospital before going home. Why are Babies Born Premature? Although the main causes for preterm birth are unknown, there are still some plausible causes. One possible factor for premature birth is age. Mothers under 18 or over 35 are at risk of having children premature. Certain medications taken during pregnancy can also increase chances of preterm or premature birth, such as fertility medication(medication used to increase chances of multiple children, ex. twins, triplets.). Group Member Member Member Member copy paste branches if you need more.... What can you do to help? Organizations everywhere are helping to treat babies born premature, and are conducting studies to find cures for babies born premature with severe developmental disabilities. The March of Dimes, an organization helping premature babies everywhere, is an organization that could use your help What happens to a child born premature? A premature baby definitely looks different from a normal baby. It is usually very red, has see through skin, and is very tiny. But a baby born premature most likely also has a number of underlying medical issues. Baby may have under developed lungs Babies can obtain severe lung problems, such as Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which can cause lung collapse if not treated immediately after birth. Baby is prone to infection Premature babies may die if exposed to infection, so they are placed in an incubator until their immune system is ready. Baby cannot retain body heat Premature babies have thin skin, and are very tiny, making it hard to produce heat for itself. These babies need to be kept in a relatively warm room and incubator to help keep them from getting too cold. Premature birth can happen to any mother, but is not common in healthy women. Works Cited Goldenberg RL, Culhane JF, Iams JD, Romero R (2008). "Epidemiology and causes of preterm birth". The Lancet 371 (9606): 75–84. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)60074-4. PMID 18177778.
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3.^ theis "Reducing Perinatal and Neonatal Mortality". Child Health Research Project Special Report. 1999. http://www.reproline.jhu.edu/english/2mnh/perinatal.pdf theis.
4.^ Mathew TJ, MacDorman MF (2006). "Infant Mortality Statistics from the 2003 Period Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set". National Vital Statistics Reports 54 (16).
5.^ Kaempf JW, Tomlinson M, Arduza C, et al. (2006). "Medical staff guidelines for periviability pregnancy counseling and medical treatment of extremely premature infants". Pediatrics 117 (1): 22–29. doi:10.1542/peds.2004-2547. PMID 16396856. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/117/1/22. — in particular see TABLE 1 Survival and Neurologic Disability Rates Among Extremely Premature Infants