premature birth

5 Tests Your Newborn DOESN'T Need If Baby Winds Up In The NICU

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Preemies today are welcomed into the world with an overwhelming amount of technology to help them beat the odds. But when does that intervention become too much? The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation has been researching that question since 2012, when it launched the Choosing Wisely campaign to take a closer look... Read more

Protecting Preemies with Plastic

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Here's a sentence you don't hear every day: "I’m so proud of my freezer bag babies." That's a direct quote from mom of two Emma Blakey, whose daughter and son were both wrapped in plastic bags soon after being born. And it very likely saved their lives. Blakey first delivered a daughter, Willow, at 29 weeks,... Read more

Why Premature Girls Do Better Than Boys

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We're not necessarily saying girls rule, boys drool, but a new study finds that preemie girls are beating boys to some important early skills. After analyzing 2,700 preterm infants in level III NICUs born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, Loyola University Medical Center researchers pinpointed exactly when preemies can feed on their own. On average,... Read more

Singing to Baby Isn’t Just Soothing — It’s Good for Her Health, Too!

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Turns out all you really need is a tune! New research conducted by the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York found that infants born with respiratory distress or sepsis tended to do better while listening to sounds similar to their mothers heartbeat or hearing... Read more