When little Amiracle was born, she weighed a mere 10.5 ounces. Thought to be the smallest ever surviving baby ever in Northern California, she was only given a 50 percent chance of survival, but has defied all odds. And, despite the lingering complications, she’s home and she’s still fighting.
Tag: "Premature Birth"
Nothing about Erin Peeple’s delivery went as planned. First, Erin went into labor a month ahead of schedule. Then, as her husband drove her to the hospital, the baby decided he couldn’t wait. But scariest of all, they learned, in the parking lot of a church, that their premature baby was breech.
As we all know, babies come when they want and where they want. April Brown, born three months premature, simply reinforced this knowledge by deciding that she wanted to come early while her mother was on her lunch break. But, unlike some of our eager babies, April did give at least a little bit of a warning to her mother, Hannah Brown, even if she didn’t quite recognize it as such.
Seven years ago, Kathy Taylor had a spot of melanoma removed from her back. As she continued to raise and home school her children, everything seemed to be fine. Then, just three weeks ago, the unexpected happened: Kathy’s cancer returned so quickly and with such a vengeance that it caught the entire family off guard.
One of the first signs of pregnancy can be nausea or vomiting. For most women morning sickness starts 6 weeks into the pregnancy, and subsides just before the second trimester begins. But for others the illness can continue throughout the pregnancy. The silver lining could be a new study that suggests there may actually be some benefits to the loathsome condition that affects as much as 85% of all pregnant women.
For years, we’ve believed that the cognitive delay of preemies later in life was connected to their early birth. However, a new study suggests that there is more to it than being born preterm; in fact, there are many factors, including social demographics that could determine whether or not a premature infant catches up with its peers.
For mothers wishing to give their babies the best chance at life, even before birth, it may be important to ensure there is enough spacing between pregnancies – preferably 18 months, but at least a year. This recommendation comes after the latest results of a study on premature birth and interpregnancy intervals from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio was published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Just three months ago, little Emily Cressey and her mother, Claire Cressey, started their harrowing journey together. For Emily, the journey was all about survival. For Claire, it was about waiting and hoping that her daughter would do just that.
No one should ever have to go through the kind of situation facing 32-year-old Victoria resident, Dylan Benson. As Dylan and his Robyn were planning to welcome their first baby, Robyn suffered a cerebral hemorrhage just after Christmas. She was rushed to the B.C. hospital and declared legally brain-dead. However, ultrasounds revealed that the baby was still alive.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.5 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. Those children are often born with breathing problems because their lungs did not have a chance to fully develop. Previous studies on children have indicated that these very same children are also at a higher risk of asthma later on in life.
In Texas, a controversy over a brain dead mother and her fetus comes to an end. In Hungary, it is announced that a healthy baby born to a legally deceased woman was released last month. The two cases may sound the same, but this truly is where the similarities end.
They still have a long way to go, but twins Emyr and Esai are living miracles that are beating the odds. They have their strong and determined mother, loving and supportive father, and the nurses and doctors in Halifax to thank for that. Of course, there may be some other powers at play, including their own fighting spirits.
In many developed countries, couples are waiting to have children. For some, it’s about pursuing a career. Others want to wait until they have some financial security. Still others just aren’t sure that parenthood is something they want to pursue until later on in life.
Six months ago, little Alexis Clarke was born at the UCSD Medical Center in San Diego. Weighing less than a can of soda, she was the smallest baby to ever be born at the center. Today, she is preparing to go home, hopefully by Thanksgiving – and her parents couldn’t be more grateful for their little miracle.