World Prematurity Day: Beating the Odds
Today is World Prematurity Day.
Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year. In the United States, 1 in 8 babies is born prematurely.
I had two.
About 13 percent of babies born in the U.S. A premature baby is one who is born too early, before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy.
Who needs a third trimester?
Less than 1 percent are born at less than 28 weeks of gestation.
Search and Destroy were 27-weekers.
Prematurity is the leading killer of America’s newborns. A twin is seven times as likely as a singleton baby to die in the first month of life
The muppets survived.
Those who survive often have lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss.
“No lasting effects of prematurity.” (Except for the expected asthma. They can totally hear and are intellectually intelligent enough to just ignore the auditory technicians.)
Twins and other multiples are about six times more likely to be premature than single birth babies. Multiple births represent 3.5% of live births in the United States.
Double trouble’s taking over the world, y’all!
The annual societal economic cost (medical, educational, and lost productivity) associated with preterm birth in the United States is at least $26.2 billion. Average first year medical costs, including both inpatient and outpatient care are about 10 times greater for preterm babes than for termies.
Million Dollar Miracle Muppets
No parent should mourn the birth of their child. No parent should stand in the doorway to an unfinished nursery with the idea of “if” echoing through the empty room.
Fight. Because the tiny ones have more important things they could be doing.