Preterm Birth, Prematurity and Premies
The majority of premature babies are born between 34 and 36 weeks (70%). These births are known as late-preterm births. About 12% of premature babies are born between 32 and 33 weeks, 10% are born between 28 weeks and 31 weeks, and 6% are born before 28 weeks.
Most preterm births are due to premature rupture of membranes (PROM). When there is PROM, there is an early rupture of the fluid-filled sac that holds and nourishes a baby. Without amniotic fluid, a baby cannot stay in the womb and continue to develop so delivery must happen even if a baby is not done growing. Risk factors for preterm birth include:
- high blood pressure;
- in-vitro fertilization;
- clotting disorders;
- alcohol consumption;
- smoking; and
- drug use.
- respiratory distress syndrome;
- intraventricular hemorrhaging;
- preiventricular leukomalacia;
- cerebral palsy;
- bronchopulmonary dysplasia;
- retinopathy of prematurity;
- intestinal problems;
- learning disabilities;
- deafness; and
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