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Prematurity

I Am A Preemie Parent

Heather Spohr | Posted 01.11.2015 | Parents
Heather Spohr

The first time I was told my child was going to die, I was about seven weeks pregnant. There was no way of knowing it then, but those words started me on my path to becoming a Preemie Parent.

It Felt Like I Failed My Baby

Kate Parlin | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Kate Parlin

In those first few weeks of her life, along with relief and wonder at her progress, I felt a nagging sense of failure. I didn't know what I had done wrong, but I must have botched something.

The Nurse Who Stood Beside Me Through The Very Worst

Heather Spohr | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Heather Spohr

We begged and plead and prayed and clutched hands for the worst three hours of my life. And when the doctors told us there was nothing more they could do, she helped pick me up off the ground when I collapsed.

Report Reveals Which Gender Is More Likely To Be Born Premature

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.15.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boys are slightly more likely to be born premature than girls, and they tend to fare worse, too, says a new report on the health o...

In Healthy Pregnancies, Let the Baby Set the Delivery Date

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

Right now, many dads and moms eagerly are awaiting the birth of their babies. Parents worry about enough things during pregnancy -- avoidable risks shouldn't be among them.

New Research Raises Fresh Concerns About Bed Rest During Pregnancy

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- New research is raising fresh concern that an age-old treatment for troubled pregnancies – bed rest – doesn't seem to preven...

Premature Birth: A Global Health Crisis

Doug Staples | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Doug Staples

World Prematurity day presents an opportunity to learn more about this global crisis. Get the facts and spread the world. If we are to stop losing our children to premature birth, we need to acknowledge the scope and severity of the problem and start taking action.

To SCOTUS and President Obama- My Uninsurable Child Thanks You

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 09.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

Voices of parents raising children born prematurely, or with disabilities, have not been the loudest in this debate. I want us to be heard now; This decision is about my child, about a child you know, about a child or grandchild you might someday have.

C-sections and Pre-term Births on the Decline -- Is There a Link?

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

The c-section rate in the U.S. actually declined in 2010 from the previous year (from 32.9 percent to 32.8 percent) for the first time in a decade, and the preterm birth rate dropped for the fourth straight year to 12 percent.

Doctors Should Advise, Not Just Inform

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2012 | Parents
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

As physicians, we must empower patients (or parents, when the patient is a baby) to make decisions, and it is absolutely essential for us to educate parents about their child's illness, the options for treatment and the prognosis.

Ending Prematurity Is the Best Health Reform There Is

Dr. Steve Allen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Steve Allen

Tanya could have fit into the palm of my hand. She was seven days old, but born two months too early. Glowing under her incubator's special lighting...