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'Miracle Baby' Born at Just 23 Weeks

Doctors in China say tiny infant's survival defies huge odds

(Newser) - They call her "chopstick girl," which provides a sense of her size: all of 11 inches long and weighing just 23 ounces. The Independent reports that a girl in southwest China has survived after being born last week at just 23 weeks. She came along after doctors had... More »

Biggest Killer of Kids Under 5: Premature Birth

But what exactly triggers preterm birth remains a mystery

(Newser) - Each day, more than 3,000 children under age 5 die from preterm birth complications—meaning that, for the first time ever, premature birth is the biggest killer of young children around the globe. A new study in the Lancet finds that of the 1.1 million such deaths in... More »

Breastfeeding Mom Refuses to Stop Smoking Pot

She says doctors made her sign a waiver acknowledging the risks

(Newser) - Breastfeeding rates are higher in Oregon than any other state in the US, with the Portland area leading the pack at more than 90%, reports the USDA . But it was in Portland that a woman recently had to sign a waiver before being allowed to breastfeed her newborn—because she... More »

Woman Births Twins 6 Weeks Apart

The boys, now 4 and 6 months old, are healthy and expecting to do fine

(Newser) - It sounds like a riddle: How can two boys be both brothers and twins but not share a birthday, or even a birth month? A Kansas City mother has a rather miraculous answer to that question. Elene Cowan gave birth to her fraternal twin boys nearly six weeks apart, and... More »

Boys More Likely to Be Born Too Soon

'Kangaroo' care can help premature babies survive

(Newser) - In what researchers call a "double whammy for boys," new research has found that they are more likely to be born premature and more likely to die or suffer disabilities from being born too soon. Researchers say the disparity—around 55% of premature births are male—happens all... More »

Why You Don't Want to Conceive a Baby in May

Your baby will be at higher risk of prematurity: study

(Newser) - Babies conceived in May are 10% more likely to be premature, a new Princeton University study finds. And since premature babies have a higher risk of suffering from asthma, learning disabilities, and developmental problems, you may want to avoid getting pregnant during that particular month. Why May? The authors think... More »

Premature Babies More Prone to Mental Illness

Meanwhile, another study says fear makes labor last longer

(Newser) - A pair of new studies today took a look at pregnancy, birth, and the brain, with one focused on the baby and the other on the mother. The breakdown:
  • The first found that babies born very prematurely—at less than 32 weeks of gestation—were twice as likely to be
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In US, 1 in 8 Births Are Premature

Worldwide, about 1M too-soon babies die each year

(Newser) - About 15 million premature babies are born every year—more than 1 in 10 of the world's births and a bigger problem than previously believed, according to the first country-by-country estimates of this obstetric epidemic. The startling toll: 1.1 million of these fragile newborns die as a result,... More »

'Dead' Baby Cries Before Burial

Startled undertaker was prepping newborn for her funeral

(Newser) - It was almost a miracle: A Brazilian baby believed to be dead started crying at the funeral home where an undertaker was about to prepare her for burial, reports the AP . Cops say doctors declared the infant dead yesterday, moments after her 14-year-old mother gave birth to her two months... More »

FDA: Food Thickener May Have Killed 2 Infants

Warns against using SimplyThick gel when feeding premature babies

(Newser) - The FDA issued a warning today against using thickener when feeding premature infants. The agency has discovered that SimplyThick gel may cause serious damage to these babies’ intestines, NPR reports. Since opening an investigation on May 13, regulators have found 15 cases of such issues—including two deaths. In all... More »

Baby Who Revived in Coffin Dies

Premature Mexican girl woke during her own wake

(Newser) - Authorities in central Mexico say a newborn baby girl who was declared dead but later revived inside her coffin has died. Hidalgo state attorney general Jose Rodriguez says the baby died of asphyxia, three days after being declared dead the first time by a doctor in the town of Tulancingo.... More »

10% of Babies Are Premature, Taxing World's Health System

Of 13 million preemies, 1 million die before surviving 1 month

(Newser) - Nearly 10% of babies born each year worldwide arrive prematurely, and the stress of caring for them "is exacting a huge toll emotionally, physically and financially on families, medical systems and economies," the March of Dimes said today. Some 13 million babies are preemies, and more than 1... More »

House Mess Blocks Octuplet Homecoming

Disappointed inspectors come up with list of necessary work

(Newser) - Octuplet mom Nadya Suleman has been given a list of work that must be done on her new four-bedroom home before her babies can leave the hospital, said disappointed inspectors from Kaiser Permanente, reports Radar. The news was a major setback for the hoped-for homecoming this week for two of... More »

C-Sections Propel Jump in Preemies

Risks, costs skyrocket for premature infants, new research notes

(Newser) - The number of US babies born before reaching normal gestation jumped by a third from 1996 to 2004, the Los Angeles Times reports, with Cesarean sections accounting for much of the rise. With health risks and high costs associated with premature babies, the trend presents "a serious problem,"... More »

Sex a Factor in Preemie Survival

Gender, birth weight increase odds for newborns

(Newser) - Gestational age is not the only factor determining odds of a very premature baby's survival, a study finds. Being female, receiving lung-maturing steroids before birth, an extra 3½ ounces of weight and being a single birth all help as much as an extra week of pregnancy, the AP reports. The... More »

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