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Preterm Birth

Premature Birth Could Impact Fitness Later In Life

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.02.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Young adults who were born prematurely may have weaker muscles than their peers born at full term, a Finnish study suggests. These...

Side-By-Side Preemie Photos Show How Far These Little Fighters Have Come

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.30.2015 | Parents

When Lucy Loomis gave birth to her son Elijah at 30 weeks, he weighed one pound, 12 ounces. After 91 days in the NICU, the baby boy was finally able t...

8 Invaluable Pieces Of Advice From NICU Nurses

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Parents

Ask any parent who's had a preemie in the neonatal intensive care about their experience, and they'll no doubt say something along the lines of "... ...

5 Things Never To Say To Parents Of Preemies (And What To Say Instead)

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents

Preterm birth is one of those things that is surprisingly common (the March of Dimes estimates that 9.6 percent of babies born in the United States a...

What Prematurity Awareness Month Means to Me

Elise Jackson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Elise Jackson

It's important to me to share Elijah's story again during this Prematurity Awareness Month. African-American moms like me face a one-and-a-half times greater risk of having a premature baby compared to non-Hispanic white mothers.

Moving Family Portrait Helps Parents Heal After Infant Loss

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents

When Katy and Justin Patten hired a photographer to take family portraits with their children this year, they had a special vision in mind. The Wiscon...

Survival Rates For Micro Preemies Continue To Improve

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents

Extremely preterm babies born before 28 weeks gestation face a host of potentially life-threatening complications, from lung and brain issues in the ...

Cherishing My Child's Hard-Won Milestones

Elise Jackson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Elise Jackson

For me, it was Elijah's first words. Most babies begin talking on schedule as expected, some a little sooner, others a little later. Elijah's first words came late, and after much time and hard work on his part. My husband and I will never forget them.

Catherine Pearson

Babies' Genes May Hold Clues To Preterm Birth | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents

Much of the existing research on babies who are born preterm, or before 37 weeks of pregnancy, has focused on their mothers, investigating what causes...

Here Are Five Reasons Why Preemies Are Completely Inspiring

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents

Conversations about premature birth tend to be somber, and with good reason. Preterm birth is a major public health concern -- affecting roughly 1 in ...

How Detroit Is Trying To Help Expectant Mothers Who Need It Most

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.12.2014 | Impact

Detroit's infant mortality rate is twice the national average and the highest among large American cities, but a new initiative in the city is trying ...

STUDY: Preterm Birth Risk Linked To Chemicals Found In Personal Care Products

Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 11/18/2013 05:24 PM EST on LiveScience Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, a group of hormone-...

Catherine Pearson

Drop In U.S. Preterm Birth Rate Is Good News For American Mothers (Unless You're From The South) | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents

The rate of babies born prematurely in the U.S. dropped to a 15-year low of 11.5 percent in 2012, according to new figures released by the March of Di...

Surprising Factor Ups Risk For Preterm Birth

Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents

By: By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 07/08/2013 04:30 PM EDT on LiveScience Babies conceived in the spring may be at increased risk ...

Study Shows Mom's Weight Could Increase Risk For Preterm Birth

Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents

By: Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 06/11/2013 04:06 PM EDT on LiveScience Women who are obese during pregnancy may be at ...

Catherine Pearson

How Music Helps Preemies | Catherine Pearson | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents

A new study finds that singing lullabies or playing womb-like music helps soothe pre-term babies and their parents, improving the infants' sleeping an...

Preterm Birth: We're All Vulnerable

Damali Campbell, MD | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Damali Campbell, MD

Many women don't realize they are at risk for a preterm birth. I certainly did not think I was. I did everything I thought I should to ensure a healthy baby.

A New Study Says We Can't Prevent Most Preterm Births, So What Now?

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

A new study out today makes it clear that training and equipping health workers to care for preterm babies is the key to saving the 1.1 million such babies who die every year. That's because we still know very little about how to prevent babies from being born too soon.

Catherine Pearson

And The U.S.' Grade On Preemies Is ... | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Parents

The preterm birth rate in the United States has declined for the fifth year in a row, hitting its lowest level in a decade, according to the March of ...

Stress During Pregnancy Linked With Preterm Births

Posted 09.05.2012 | Parents

By: Karen Rowan, MyHealthNewsDaily Managing Editor Published: 09/04/2012 03:54 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily Babies born to women who experienced ...

Catherine Pearson

New Study Targets Preterm Birth Risks In First-Time Moms | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.19.2012 | Parents

Around 1 in 8 babies in the United States is born premature, increasing the risk for long hospital stays and health problems down the road. But kn...

When Parents Have to Choose- Heidi's Story

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 08.25.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

Most parents never have to make the decisions forced onto Heidi and Carl. Most can't imagine the pain and heartbreak that they endured. But they endured it.

A New (Old) Prevention for Preterm Birth

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

The consequences of preterm birth are an enormous burden of lifelong disability the world over, and we need another tool in our kit besides progesterone.

Catherine Pearson

U.S. Gets 'C' In Premature Birth Rates | Catherine Pearson | Posted 12.31.2011 | Parents

The U.S. earned improved marks in curbing premature birth rates, according to the March of Dimes' most recent annual report card. This year, the nonpr...

Too Many Babies Are Delivered Too Early

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Too many doctors -- and moms -- are disregarding advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to wait until at least 39 weeks ...