Drop in premature births, but health of premature babies still a cause of concern

November 7, 2014 1:29 PM

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Drop in premature births, but health of premature babies still a cause of concern

Of total number of births in 2013, 11.4% were premature. This is the lowest percent of premature birth in almost past two decades. However, the 11.4% infants born prematurely number a whopping 45,000, and these babies are at a higher risk of death. Those who survive at a risk of complications like vision or hearing loss, breathing problems, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.

Experts hope that the number of premature births falls further in future. Dr. Siobhan Dolan, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and a spokesperson for the March of Dimes, said that it is believed that after 37 weeks of pregnancy, it is ok to deliver bu...

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