Did you know?
12%The percentage of babies
born prematurely in the U.S.A.
6%The percentage increase
from 1998 – 2008.
$26Billions of dollars
spent annually on preemies.
Common Premature Infant Complications
BPD – Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia sometimes called chronic lung disease. A child is not born with BPD. It is something that develops as a consequence of prematurity and progressive lung inflammation.
IVH – Intraventricular Hemorrhage is a bleeding of the brain’s ventricular system. This type of hemorrhage is particularly common in infants, specially premature infants or those of very low birth weight (VLBW).
ROP – Retinopathy of Prematurity is a disease of the eye that affects prematurely born babies. All preterm babies are at risk for ROP, and very low birth weight (VLBW) is an additional risk factor. ROP can lead to blindness.
increasingly, research is showing that creating a care environment that more closely mimics a mother’s womb can improve the outcomes of our smallest patients.
The brain of a 24 week premature infant looks like this…
The brain of a 40 week full term infant looks like this…