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Premature Birth

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 ... | 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 | 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.

A Mother's Journey From 'What Ifs' to 'What Is'

Jennifer Peruso | Posted 07.10.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Peruso

It was agonizing to see his tiny body fighting so hard for survival. He could have fit in the palm of my hand, yet I wasn't allowed to hold him. I instantly knew his fight would become mine.

Too Many African-American Babies Born Too Soon

Lisa Gittens-Williams, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Lisa Gittens-Williams, M.D.

Nearly one out of every six African-American babies in the United States is born premature. In Newark, New Jersey it's one in five. I am a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and every day I see women who are at risk of delivering early.

Catherine Pearson

C-Sections Not Always Best For Preemies | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Parents

Cesarean sections may not be best for preterm babies who are small for their gestational age, a new study found. It suggests than those infants have n...

Health And Human Services Launches Perinatal Health Campaign

The Sacramento Bee | Posted 02.08.2012 | Impact

The March of Dimes campaign to reduce medically unnecessary early deliveries is being elevated to the forefront of the nation's maternal and child hea...

Cervical Length in Pregnancy: Do You Know How Long Yours Is?

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 03.21.2012 | Parents
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

For years we have known the consequences of a short cervix. Now, we have a medication proven to work. It's time for obstetricians to put the pieces together and make measurement of the cervical length part of our routine.

Vermont Gets an 'A' for Reducing Preterm Births

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 01.08.2012 | Parents
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

The March of Dimes sets high standards when it evaluates the efforts states make to reduce the number of babies born prematurely. No state has ever earned an "A." Until now.

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...

Catherine Pearson

Premature Babies May Face Long-Term Health Problems | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living

Premature birth is the leading cause of infant mortality in developed countries, but far less is known about what long-term impact -- if any -- being ...

Electively Induced Labor: Remember, For Babies' Sake, Every Week Counts

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

With the breakneck pace so many people live these days, there's a temptation to press for more certainty about exactly when baby arrives. But when it comes to giving birth, it's best in the vast majority of cases to follow a natural course.

Meet The 'World's Most Premature' Baby

Posted 06.25.2011 | World

A child being touted by international media as "the world's most premature baby" is preparing to leave the hospital after spending Easter at home foll...

Straight Talk About Premature Birth (VIDEO)

Susan J. Dulkerian, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan J. Dulkerian, M.D.

They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. As a neonatologist, I was terrified when my son developed complications and had to be admitted to the NICU.

My Parents Weren't Just Being Nosy, They Were Protecting Their Investment

Yisrael Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Yisrael Campbell

Suddenly, our prayers were answered with the alacrity of Linda Blair in the Exorcist. She puked all over me. It was at that moment that I had an epiphany about my parents.

Baby Reportedly Survives Two Days After Failed Abortion

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Italian authorities are investigating reports that a baby survived an abortion for two days and was left to die by hospital staff. According to repor...

'Tom Thumb', World's Smallest Baby Boy, Born Weighing Half A Pound (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Meet 'Tom Thumb,' the 25-week-old baby boy who weighed a mere 9.7 ounces at birth - less than a can of soda. Doctors believe the baby is likely to ...

Smog Is Increasing Risks Of Premature Births By 128% | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A comparison of medical records from 81,186 single child births to air pollution levels in the area revealed that high pollution exposure raised the r...