November is Prematurity Awareness Month! Premature birth occurs in about 11 to 13 percent of pregnancies (more than half a million babies ) in the US. Almost 60 percent of twins, triplets, and other multiple deliveries result in preterm births. Our country’s premature birth rate has risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years. That’s serious cause for concern.
A baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature. Babies born early are at risk of long-lasting health problems and lifelong disabilities. Although babies born very preterm are a small percentage of all births, these very preterm infants account for a large proportion of infant deaths. More infants die from preterm-related problems than from any other single cause. Some premature babies require special care and spend weeks or months hospitalized in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The earlier a baby is born, the more severe his or her health problems are likely to be. Those who survive may face lifelong problems to include mental disabilities, cerebral palsy, respiratory and intestinal problems, as well as vision and hearing loss.
Southwest Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology is committed to promoting health and well-being of our pregnant moms!
To learn more, please visit the link below from the CDC!