Good news for premature babies

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Premature babies and their parents don’t have it easy in the beginning, but new studies show they come out stronger because of it. They say preemies and their parents catch up in the long run, and survival rates are up more than 10 percent from 1993.

One of those survivors is Collins Baker. On February 12, 2015, her mom, Ciara Baker went in for a checkup and came out with a surprise.

“I don’t even remember what the doctor really said after she said, ‘you’re probably having your baby today.’ And I’m like, ‘we have 12 weeks!'”

A little after midnight, her daughter Collins was born. A full-term pregnancy is 37 weeks, but Collins came at 28. She was 1 pound 14 ounces and 14 inches long.

Collins spent 59 days in the hospital, and Baker says that uncertainty was…

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