Preterm Birth, Prematurity and Premies

Most pregnancies last 40 weeks.  However, some end early either naturally or due to medical intervention such as a cesarean section.  Babies born before 37 weeks are considered preterm.  Approximately 12% of all babies born in the United States every year are born premature. 

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:
  • obesity;
  • diabetes;
  • high blood pressure;
  • in-vitro fertilization;
  • clotting disorders;
  • alcohol consumption;
  • smoking; and
  • drug use.
Babies born premature are at risk for:
  • respiratory distress syndrome;
  • intraventricular hemorrhaging;
  • preiventricular leukomalacia;
  • cerebral palsy;
  • hydrocephalus;
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia;
  • retinopathy of prematurity;
  • intestinal problems;
  • learning disabilities;
  • deafness; and
  • blindness.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases.  If you or your baby have been injured due to medical malpractice, you, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. 

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at