When a mom-to-be needs to deliver her baby 6 months into her pregnancy the date doesn’t come with anything but fear. For Caroline Lefebvre that apprehension was compounded by the fact that her baby was only less than a pound.
A Wisconsin baby has defied all odds; surviving her early arrival while weighing less than a pound. When she was born three months early and was a tiny 13.3 ounces doctors gave her only a 50% chance of surviving. But Ayana Kelley showed she is a fighter and is now a thriving three months old.
Over the last 6 years we have featured a number of amazing babies who were born too soon but not many that were as tiny as Kenna Moore. Born at 24 weeks weighing a mere 9ozs(272 gram) measuring just 9.6 inches, baby Kenna has more than defied the odds stacked against her from birth.
Born a preemie at 26 weeks was difficult enough for Maci Van Riesen but what the baby girl also suffered from was a rare disorder that made it impossible for her to swallow food. From being a handful to fitting snugly in her mother’s arms, this miracle baby has come a long way thanks to her doctors and BOTOX.
Rachael Udell, 31, and her husband Ashely Udell, 29, had been married for two years when they decided that they were ready to start a family. Before long, they found out they were pregnant. Soon after that, they discovered that they had naturally conceived triplets. They were overjoyed by the news. But it wasn’t long before their joy turned to fear.
Haydee Ibarra and Yovani Guido were all smiles today while surrounded by friends, family and hospital staff as they wheeled their miracle baby out of the Los Angeles County Hospital.
Any baby born before 36 weeks runs the risks of complication from their premature arrival, but Jazen Jamal has persevered through many of life’s challenges and he is only 4 months old.
Premature infants, particularly those born before 24 weeks gestation, have an increased risk of complications. Some of these issues include Cerebral Palsy , Hydrocephalus, ADHD, digestive issues, reflux, seizures, vision and hearing problems. With premature births equaling 54,000 infant births each year in the UK alone, doctors and scientists have spent years trying to find a way to prevent a sooner than expected arrival.
Premature infants often experience more pain during the first few weeks of life than full term infants because they are less developed, which makes simple tasks like regulating heartbeat, temperature and breathing a challenge. They also often require more tests, like heel sticks to collect blood, than full term infants.
A baby girl, who is being called the world’s most premature baby after she was born at just 21 weeks 5 days, is now strong enough to leave the hospital.
There has been a lot of talk about whether doctors should resuscitate a baby that is born before the golden ’24 week’ threshold. One UK couple is thankful that doctors took a chance of their babies and are now able to bring their surviving daughter home.
This week there has been a lot of talk about resuscitating babies born before 24 weeks and whether doctors are doing more harm than good. It is well know that a baby born extremely premature is at risk for being severely disabled and having long-term issues with breathing and feeding. In recent years the survival rates for 24 week babies have almost doubled while the outcomes for babies at 23 weeks haven’t changed dramatically.