Preemies in the News

How Parents of Preemies Sometimes Develop PTSD
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Posted June 5, 2009

Richard Shaw, MD, a child psychiatrist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and an associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is studying post-traumatic stress disorder among moms and dads whose infants stayed in a NICU. Learn more

Australia’s First Local Preemie Hero Award

Posted May 15, 2009

“It is an honour for us, as a community of parents, to be able to pay tribute to those people who go out of their way to make things easier for families travelling the often difficult road that premature birth can bring.” said Julia Toivonen, founder of the L’il Aussie Prems website and mother of two premature babies.  Read more about this new award and the special honorees.

Breastfeeding Critical for Preterm Infants

Posted December 8, 2008

The benefits of breastfeeding, including protection from many diseases, are especially
critical for premature infants. There is virtually universal agreement among health care experts that breast milk is the ideal form of nutrition for all infants, including those who are born premature. Learn more (PDF).


Multidisciplinary Experts Consider How to Best Meet Preemies Needs at “Preterm Infants: A Collaborative Approach to Specialized Care” Roundtable

Posted November 10, 2008

In June 2006, the Institute of Medicine (IoM), released a comprehensive study, Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention. The report was a result of the IoM’s efforts, in particular the Committee on Understanding Premature Birth and Assuring Healthy Outcomes, to better understand and prevent preterm birth and improve care for babies born prematurely.
After its publication, a group of health care professionals came together in a roundtable session to discuss the implications of the report. Read more.

Aggressive Phototherapy can Improve Outcomes in Some Preemies

Posted November 4, 2008

Researchers at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston say the use of aggressive phototherapy reduces the odds that tiny premature infants will develop neurodevelopmental impairment such as cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness or physical or mental challenges. Learn more.

Mom of Preemie Worries About RSV Season

Posted October 14, 2008

With RSV season near, mom Beth Anderson is nervoud because nearly nine
months ago, her 5-week-old daughter was struggling just to breath. Read more about this preemie's experience.

Antibiotics for Preterm Labor Linked to Cerebral Palsy

Posted September 19, 2008

Two new studies followed children whose mothers had taken antibiotics at the end of their pregnancies and found that not only do antibiotics not help pregnant women experiencing premature labor without ruptured membranes and no sign of infection, they may increase the risk of cerebral palsy in some children. Read more about these findings

Preemies Evacuated Ahead of Hurricane

Posted September 11, 2008

Babies in NICUs along the gulf coast of Texas are some of the first groups to be evacuated as hurricane Ike approaches.

Read more about these evacuations in Corpus Christi

See additional news on the evacuation

Born too Soon

Posted August 27, 2008

Just as every baby is different so is every preemie. Enter the world of the NICU through the camera lens of Jake and Josh's parents. As 23 weekers they were lucky to be alive despite the many hurdles that occurred in the NICU stay and beyond.

Read the preemie family's story>>

See their photo slide show.

Couple Raises Funds for NICU

Posted July 25, 2008

To celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary, Carlene Anders and Gene Dowers will be taking a 500 mile trek on the Columbia and Snake Rivers to raise funds for the March of Dimes and the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in honor of their son Danny who was born at only 24 weeks gestation.  Read more about this family's adventure.

New Software May Improve Outcomes for Preemies

Posted July 25, 2008

The new software can handle a constant stream of physiological readings - monitoring things like heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and oxygen levels in the blood. It can process 512 readings per second and screen the results for problems or patterns. "This will elevate neonatal care to a completely new level - which really should be more sophisticated, better care - and would hopefully be associated with better outcomes for the infants..." Read more.

Facts About Preterm Deliveries

Posted July 8, 2008

Read these interesting facts collected from Dr. Joan Richardson, UTMB Galveston Director of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, & BBC News/Health Web site.

Small babies, big problems

Posted July 8, 2008

Doctors agree that while twins, or any multiples, born prematurely are a leading cause of low birth weight, many cases of underweight babies remain a mystery. Read more.

Low birth weight, prematurity may raise autism risk
Posted July 8, 2008

Low birth weight and preterm delivery increase the likelihood that a child will be autistic, with girls being at particular risk, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Read more about this study.

Premature baby? Understand your preemie’s special needs

Posted July 2, 2008

Caring for a premature baby can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Here’s help taking care of your preemie — and meeting your own special needs.  Read these tips on caring for preemies.

Million-Dollar Babies

Posted June 16, 2008

The cost of care for preemies can be 15 times more than the costs for full-term infants and the costs are rising. Can a baby be too premature to save? What are the benefits and risks of pushing back viability to 22, even 20 weeks gestation? Read more about the finanical costs of caring for preemies.

Dad Recounts Preemie Twins Struggle

Posted June 16, 2008

A two-part story by Jaime Aron, an Associated Press Texas sports editor. This father of 3 preemies recounts the incredible story about the birth of his twin sons at 23 weeks gestation and their struggle to live.

Part I: An Early Birth and Battle in the NICU     (see slideshow)

Part II: RSV Taking their Little Fighters Home

A New Model for the Care of Premature Babies

Posted June 10, 2008

With premature babies accounting for about 1% of all births in America, a growing number of doctors are opening practices focused on caring for babies born prior to 37 weeks.  Read more.

Studies of Preemies Focus on Brain Development

Posted February 12, 2008

New research conducted at five hospitals, including The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, offers medical specialists and hospital administrators new guidelines for operating neonatal intensive care units and ideas of how to minimize potential downsides of technology. Read more about this important initiative.

Memory Boxes Help Support Parents After Loss

Posted February 11, 2008

This wonderful project provides boxes for families who have lost an infant to hold pictures of the baby, handprints and footprints, a layette, a teddy bear and a blanket so they can remember the baby they had. Read more about this caring endeavor.

Health Insurance for Your Preemie

Posted February 11, 2008

Insurance issues can even create problems for healthy preemies and their families. Read these tips and facts about health insurance every parent should keep in mind if they have a baby in the NICU.

Premature Baby Units Overcrwoded in the UK

Posted December 21, 2007

The increasing number of premterm births and the limit number of units to care for these precious babies are creating an overcrowding situation in parts of England. A shortage of nurses skilled in caring for the tiny patients is also causing concern. Read more about the the UK's preemie care situation.

High Rate of Premature Births in Maine

Posted December 3, 2007

People in Maine are working to spotlight the important role of prenatal care, as the rate of premature births in the state rises faster than the national average. Nearly 1,500 babies were born prematurely in Maine, according to 2004 data, the most recent available from the March of Dimes. That's below the national average of 12.5 percent. But health advocates point out that Maine's rate grew 20 percent from 1994 to 2004, compared with 14 percent nationwide. Experts say the precise reason for Maine's increase in premature births is not known, though it may include factors cited nationally, such as the growing prevalence of fertility treatments, which often result in risky, multiple births. Read more about the effort to raise awareness of premature births in Maine.

National Prematurity Awareness Month

Posted November 19, 2007

The March of Dimes is working to make its mission heard during National Prematurity Awareness Month. According to Debbie Atchison, division director for the Southeast Missouri March of Dimes, awareness involves teaching all people, not just pregnant women, how to improve the health of babies. Missouri mom Amy Stubenrauch gave birth to triplets 22 months ago. The babies were born eight weeks early and Stubenrauch credits their good health, in part, to education and research by the March of Dimes. Learn more about the effort by the March of Dimes.

The Health Struggles of Premature Babies

Posted November 19, 2007

Triplets Isabel, Ben and Emily Collier now look a picture of health. But when they were born they were so premature that they weighed only just over 2 pounds each. As they fought for life in intensive care, each one had to be brought back to life by doctors three times after stopping breathing. Their survival has been hailed as a miracle by their relieved parents, Andy and Anna Collier." Read about their struggles and what the family has done to thank hospital workers.

Newborn Triplet is First Patient Moved to New Hospital

Posted November 14, 2007

Three pound Jenessa Nagel will go on record as the first patient wheeled through the doors of Intermountain Medical Center in Utah. The 10-day-old triplet was one of 30 intensive care babies flown to the new facility. Jenessa was quickly reunited with sister Natalia and her brother Connor. Find out what it took to move all the babies.

Surviving Morrison Sextuplet May Go Home Soon

Posted October 30, 2007

Sylas Morrison, born along with his five siblings in June continues to improve and may be able to go home soon. Five of the six sextuplets passed away shortly after birth due to complications related to their premature birth, but Sylas continues to beat the odds and has proven to be a true miracle. Read more about Sylas’s recovery.

See other Multiples in the News posts about the Morrison Sextuplets.

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