Premature babies: Why late preterm births have increased in recent years

Premature births — babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy — have been on the rise in the U.S. for the last 20 years. In 2006 our nation hit an all time high of 12.8 percent premature births. This is comparable to preterm birth rates in third world countries.

Now the most recent 2012 data available shows the U.S. ranks 131 out of 184 countries in …Continue reading →

Why the last few weeks of pregnancy are so important to your growing baby

Pregnant womanMost pregnant women can testify to the difficultly of the last month of pregnancy. You feel fat, can’t sleep comfortably and lose your breath walking up the stairs. The list of physical discomforts is lengthy. Despite these unpleasant side effects, the last few weeks of pregnancy are very important to the growing baby as essential organs like brain, liver and kidneys continue to develop.

Late preterm infants, born between 34 and 37 weeks of pregnancy, often appear healthy and frequently receive care after birth similar to full-term babies. These babies room with their mothers and are cared for in a newborn nursery. However, these late preterm infants often need additional time to …Continue reading →