August 28, 2000 |
One out of every 10 births today is premature. That means that many parents are thrust into a world of medical complexity and emotional turmoil few are prepared for. This book, by two journalists who gave birth to premature babies and by the neonatologist sister of one of the journalists, is a compendium of the issues that parents of preemies need to know. "Every day we needed more information, and the conversations with doctors and nurses were never enough," the mothers of the preemies write.
October 5, 2009 |
Nearly 1 in 10 of the world's babies is born prematurely, and about 1 million infants die each year as a result of premature birth, according to a report released Sunday by the March of Dimes. The problem is concentrated in poor countries, with the vast majority of the nearly 13 million preemies born each year in Africa and Asia, the report says. Although Africa has the highest rate of premature births, North America isn't far behind. Why? "That's the 13-million-baby question," said March of Dimes epidemiologist Christopher Howson, who headed the project being debated this week at a child health meeting in India.
May 13, 2002 |
Another Mother's Day has come and gone, and for this I'm grateful. While I look forward to spending time with my loved ones, part of me wants nothing more than to retreat inward. It's not that I have anything against buffet brunches and lily corsages, but in my family this national day of recognition has come to take on a more personal meaning, standing as a gateway between our greatest joy and deepest sorrow.
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March 27, 1989 |
Premature babies grow better if they swing in a hammock rather than lie still in a crib, according to a new Dutch study. Fifty premature babies kept in hammock incubators in the first few weeks of life grew more and moved better than a control group of premature infants kept in regular incubators, the study at Utrecht's Wilhemina Children's Hospital showed.
February 2, 2008 |
Doctors can cut the risk of cerebral palsy in half for very premature babies by giving their mothers magnesium sulfate just before they give birth, researchers reported this week at a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Dallas. The mineral compound, also known as Epsom salts, is already used to treat pregnancy-related high blood pressure and to stop early labor. Doctors should consider giving it to women about to deliver an extremely preterm infant, said one of the researchers, Dr. John Thorp of the University of North Carolina.
May 22, 2006 |
Very small newborns who receive caffeine to help their lungs develop are less likely to need additional oxygen by age 3, a study published in the May 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has found. Most babies born less than 34 weeks after conception periodically stop breathing for at least 15 seconds, suffering a condition known as apnea of prematurity. Caffeine is already widely prescribed for premature infants because of its ability to stimulate breathing.