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Premature Birth

Your Life Is the Lab: Toxic Chemicals in 5 Unexpected Places

Jennifer Canvasser | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Canvasser

When your child has a chronic health condition that threatens his life and well-being, you gain a sharp perspective on what's important in life.

The Living Legacy of the March of Dimes 'Poster Child'

Jill Teeters | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact
Jill Teeters

Donald E. Anderson, aged 73, a retired postal worker in Seattle, Washington, died recently. I didn't know Mr. Anderson, who lived at literally the opposite end of the U.S. from my home in New Hampshire, and he didn't know me. But he has had a lasting imprint on me and my family. We are linked forever, and I hope we can live up to his legacy.

Jackie Kennedy's Five Pregnancies -- the Tragic and the Successful

Steven Levingston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Steven Levingston

Jackie became pregnant for the first time in 1955 but after three months "suffered a miscarriage and learned that carrying and delivering a child would always be difficult for her," recalled JFK's friend and adviser Ken O'Donnell.

The 2 Things That Could Keep Premature Babies Alive

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jennifer L. Howse

More than 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy every year, and one million of those babies die before they are one month old. Here's how you can help.

Catherine Pearson

Drop In U.S. Preterm Birth Rate Is Good News For American Mothers (Unless You're From The South)

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

How Motherhood Changes the Texture in Our Lives

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

For me, I know no other love like the obsessive, unconditional vulnerable love a mother has for her child; it can be both strengthening and devastating.

Mother's Age Tied To Risk Of Delivery Complications

Posted 06.14.2013 | Parents

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:26pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Teenage mothers are at increased risk of delivering their babies...

On The Wings Of A Nightingale

Mike Spohr | Posted 08.05.2013 | Parents
Mike Spohr

It was only as I left the PICU that I felt humanity. There, sitting on a chair with a single tear rolling down her cheek, was my nurse. Her tear told me that she cared.

What You Need to Know About Early Elective Deliveries

Leah Binder | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents
Leah Binder

The prevalence of early elective deliveries perfectly embodies the five biggest problems in our health system today.

Newborn Reportedly Sent To Hospital Morgue In Brazil While Still Alive

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.14.2013 | World

A premature baby born in a hospital in Brazil was reportedly sent to the morgue while still alive. The child later died after the staff was unable to ...

A Simple Change to Save 830,000 Lives

Ashley Morton | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Ashley Morton

In the U.S., mothers choose to breastfeed for a variety of reasons but in most cases the reason isn't that their child will die otherwise.

Art After Death

Rebecca Campbell | Posted 03.18.2013 | Arts
Rebecca Campbell

I'm an artist. The words sounded true but I didn't know what they meant. It's a simple act to look and paint. There is no cutting edge in sight. It's what flickers between the edges, burning and warming us both, that the practice has managed to gather.

A Mom's Perspective on the Fiscal Cliff

Kari Anne Roy | Posted 02.16.2013 | Parents
Kari Anne Roy

Who exactly are the entitled moochers who benefit from Medicaid? In fact, half of the Americans covered by Medicaid are children, and one who is especially close to my heart is my 4-year-old son, Isaac.

Journalist Reveals Heart-Wrenching Tale Of Having A Micro-Preemie

Posted 12.09.2012 | Parents

When Kelley Benham gave birth, she knew that statistics were not in her favor -- about one in 750 newborns arrive in the "micro-preemie" window, betwe...

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.

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.

World Prematurity Day: Let's Change the Face of Preterm Birth

Carole Presern | Posted 01.17.2013 | Impact
Carole Presern

Unfortunately, premature birth is all too common: more than 1 in 10 babies are born too soon, amounting to 15 million preterm births per year. It's a truly global problem.

Premature Births: Small Deliveries, Big Concern

Henry Lee, MD, FAAP | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Henry Lee, MD, FAAP

Chances are that you have been affected by premature birth, or know a family member or friend who has. For every 8-10 babies born in the US, one will be born prematurely.

Saving Premature Babies

Jay Winsten | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Jay Winsten

Although India achieved a historic milestone with no new cases of polio, India still accounts for 24 percent of the world's 1.6 million annual deaths among children under five. This striking contrast begs the question: if polio can be defeated, why not early-childhood deaths?

Catherine Pearson

And The U.S.' Grade On Preemies Is ...

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Identical Triplets Start Preschool Amid Wonder and Whispers

Kerry Lyons | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

People I don't know are whispering about me, pointing and staring. It is September 2008 and I am 34 weeks pregnant with triplets. I refuse to stay home; I will not miss Parents Night at my son's preschool. He is almost 4. And the fate of the three babies inside my belly is unknown.

Universities Can Be Lifesavers

Allan D. Gilmour | Posted 10.21.2012 | College
Allan D. Gilmour

Sometimes, with great science and great care, we save lives. Simple concepts; profound impact.

Catherine Pearson

New Study Targets Preterm Birth Risks In First-Time Moms

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Global Motherhood: Recognize Your Power To Make A Difference

Anne Geddes | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Anne Geddes

We must remember this simple fact that each premature baby is one person, who needs just one other person's help. One person helping another. We can change the world if we all pull together.

A Father's Day to Remember

Douglas A. Staples | Posted 07.23.2012 | Impact
Douglas A. Staples

Premature birth strikes many families -- over 500,000 every year in the U.S. alone. Thankfully most of these babies do survive. But many face problems throughout their lives with their hearing and vision, walking and cognitive skills.