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Preemie Stories: Baby girl born prematurely defies the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday

'She was so tiny, her dad could fit his wedding ring over her leg': Baby girl born prematurely weighing just 669 grams defies the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday

A baby girl who was born prematurely at 24 weeks weighing just 669 grams has defied the odds to celebrate her 10th birthday.
Little Rachel was born almost 16 weeks early after her mother suffered a placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta separates from the uterus.
But after Rachel was welcomed into the world on October 14, 2007, the family were told to expect the worst. ‘The doctors told us to take lots of photos because there was a good chance that’s all we’ll take home…
We just told ourselves we would take each day as it comes.’ ‘I finally had the chance to bond with my baby, and she felt like a real baby.
The first time I got to breastfeed her, I was just amazed she could do it. ‘She was still so tiny and I remember thinking “this is how it’s supposed to be” – this was running through my head. ‘The Ronald McDonald House has always been a special place in our heart,’ Mrs Crowther said.
For parents who have given birth to premature babies, Mrs Crowther advises: ‘Ask lots of questions, and keep asking questions until you get the answer’.

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Baby’s premature birth inspires mother’s life-changing career move

Baby's premature birth inspires mother's life-changing career move

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Ashley Schlossberg had preeclampsia and a liver disorder called HELLP Syndrome.
The way she puts it, her body was shutting down and trying to reject the baby inside her. “We had to be separated for both of us to survive,” Ashley said.
Ashley’s daughter Lauren spent six months in the NICU at Sacred Heart Hospital. She was so small, the caregivers had to improvise. “When I was younger and I was in high school, my mom always said ‘I think you’d be a great nurse, I think you need to think about being a nurse when you go to college.
Today, after five years of juggling school and motherhood, Ashley is a registered nurse at Sacred Heart. “I was given unbelievably wonderful care, I watched how they cared for me, I watched how these nurses cared for my daughter, I could do that too,” she recalled.
She works on a medical-surgical floor and isn’t sure if she’ll ever be ready to work in the NICU. But she knows she has the power to touch lives.

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Mother’s Milk May Help Premature Babies to Get Metabolic Boost: Study

Mother’s Milk May Help Premature Babies to Get Metabolic Boost: Study

Mother’s Milk May Help Premature Babies to Get Metabolic Boost: Study.
Breastmilk plays a vital role in the lives of babies.
It not only fulfils their hunger pangs, but also promotes healthy growth of the toddler.
Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University in the USA compared breast milk of mothers with babies born prematurely, that is between 28 and 37 weeks gestation and at term, that is after 38 weeks.
The team of researchers examined whether there were differences in the composition of the breastmilk’s microRNAs, snippets of RNA that affect gene expression and can be passed to the baby.
Babies born prematurely are at a major risk of developing host of problems, including failure to thrive and neurodevelopmental delays.
Researchers collected 36 samples of breastmilk from mothers with infants born at term and 31 samples from mothers with babies born prematurely.
Then they processed the samples in the lab, extracting microRNAs and comparing them to the human genome to pinpoint the differences between premature and term breast milk.
They found that these microRNAs target metabolic processes and may help regulate gastrointestinal function and energy use in premature babies.
With Inputs from PTI

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From premature baby to bubbly pre schooler – Amelia prepares for her first day at nursery in Littleport

From premature baby to bubbly pre schooler - Amelia prepares for her first day at nursery in Littleport

From premature baby to bubbly pre schooler – Amelia prepares for her first day at nursery in Littleport.
The parents of a premature baby born weighing just half a bag of sugar and who fitted snugly into the palm of a hand, are preparing to wave her off for her first day at pre school.
Amelia Webb was born at 26 weeks and six days weighing 1lb 1oz after scans showed she had oesophageal atresia, where her stomach was not connected to her throat.
Her mum Leanne Webb, 28, said: “It was frightening.
“Amelia still has a feeding tube into her intestine so staff are being trained on how to deal with this and although I’m nervous about seeing her go it is also a good milestone.” An independent and happy character little Amelia, who starts Littleport Primary next month, a few weeks short of her third birthday in December, is developing well but is still tiny weighing just 23lb, the weight of an average 18 month old.
Leanne said Amelia was at Addenbrookes for six months and did not have her first hold until she was nine days old.
“At 29 months she had her fourth operation at Addenbrookes to have a feeding tube into the intestine.
“She can eat puree food but since suffering tonsillitis is not keen to eat, but she will get there.
“She is small compared to other children but apart from that is developing normally.
We feel very lucky.” During the first month of her life Leanne and her partner Alan stayed at Chestnut House, a place where parents can stay in a home to home setting, funded by the charity, the Sick Children’s Trust.

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Neonatal facilities increasingly use donated breast milk to save premature babies

Neonatal facilities increasingly use donated breast milk to save premature babies

Neonatal facilities increasingly use donated breast milk to save premature babies.
A growing body of research shows that human milk carries long-term benefits for premature infants and can be lifesaving, but it’s often hard for mothers of premature infants to produce enough.
The rate was even higher — between 65 and 75 percent — for Level 3 and 4 NICUs that serve the smallest and most fragile premature babies.
But for many reasons, it’s not practical or possible for many mothers to provide milk, particularly for premature infants.
The NICU at Children’s started to use donated human milk in 2014.
Nutritionists said that within a few weeks, they plan to switch him to formula.
At Children’s, infants weighing more than 3.3 pounds are still given formula to supplement their mother’s milk.
Some questions remain about the costs and benefits of human milk and cow’s-milk-based formulas.
One question researchers are studying is what impact cow’s-milk-based fortifiers have on the health outcomes of premature infants.
NICUs typically add a fortifier to all the breast milk, whether it is from the mother or from a milk bank, to provide more protein and calories.

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Born at 24 weeks, weighing 520gm, baby beats odds to survive

Born at 24 weeks, weighing 520gm, baby beats odds to survive

Born at 24 weeks, weighing 520gm, baby beats odds to survive.
She is the smallest and lightest premature baby to have survived in Rajasthan.
Maya, a micro-preemie baby– a premature baby, who is born weighing less than 800 gm or before 26 weeks gestation–was in the 24th weeks of gestation, weighing 520 gm, fought for three-and-half months to survive at the neonatal intensive care unit (ICU) at the Jivanta Children’s Hospital in Udaipur.
Born to Maya and Dev Singh (name changed) from Haryana’s Narnaul.
Twin babies were born, one weighing 520 gm and the other 480gm on 29th May.
The new born need artificial breathing support to survive and were admitted the neonatal ICU.
“To salvage baby of this size is mammoth task and big challenge,” he said.
“Only 30% of such babies survive and most doctors do not even attempt to save such babies as survival rate is low.” Dr Pradeep Suryawanshi, a senior neonatologist said micro-preemie babies have extremely poor function of body organs, including the lungs, heart, brain, kidney, skin, and intestine and need artificial support for survival.
In the beginning, the baby was struggling to breathe, so we put her on ventilator and as she had infection in blood—her haemoglobin level was very low at birth—we gave her blood transfusions, said Janged, who supervised the treatment of the baby.
During her 102-day at the neonatal ICU, the baby gained weight and on discharge she weighed 1.71 kg, Janged said.

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Can You Prevent Preterm Labor Naturally? An Expert Explains

Can You Prevent Preterm Labor Naturally? An Expert Explains

Can You Prevent Preterm Labor Naturally?
It’s really heartbreaking to find yourself worrying about your baby’s health and it’s easy to blame yourself, but can you prevent preterm labor naturally?
My OB-GYN told me when she put me on bed rest that sometimes, preterm labor is just a thing that happens, and that I’d done all I could to ensure a healthy pregnancy — but I still felt tremendous guilt about it.
The risks for preterm birth are high.
She tells Romper, “Preterm birth isn’t inevitable, but it may feel that way if you’ve gone through it.”
She adds that some women will go into labor early no matter what. “You’ve got to have good prenatal care, and early,” Hamilton tells Romper.
Know your dentist, and let him know you’re pregnant.
We know that women who have a healthy diet full of produce are less likely to go into preterm labor.”
Hamilton adds that there have also been a lot of studies conducted on yoga and preterm labor.

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Social media appeal to help family with premature baby goes viral – here’s how you can help

Social media appeal to help family with premature baby goes viral - here's how you can help

Social media appeal to help family with premature baby goes viral – here’s how you can help.
Police have been inundated with offers after an appeal on social media to help a vulnerable family with a premature baby.
Huddersfield-based PC Sally Baines highlighted a plea for nappies and formula milk to help a family struggling to afford the basics.
PC Dean Wolstencroft, of the Child Protection Unit, was working with a family with a four-week-old baby, weighing just 5lb.
Sally put out an appeal on Twitter asking for donations to be dropped off at Huddersfield Police Station – and was overwhelmed with people’s kindness.
“They have a four-week-old premature baby who weighs just 5lb.
“If you can help please message me or go to West Yorkshire Police – Huddersfield (on Facebook) and see the related post.
“Feel free to share if you have time and any amount will be gratefully received.” Sally was on the helpdesk at Huddersfield Police Station from 10am-3pm on Thursday to collect premature baby nappies, SMA1 (sealed) milk powder and wipes.
Another example of how fantastic the public are.” She added: “Please – no financial donations as they are difficult for us to deal with.
Loads of paperwork involved!”

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Mother delivers premature baby in car still wrapped in amniotic sac

Mother delivers premature baby in car still wrapped in amniotic sac

A Pennsylvania mother’s picture showing the premature birth of her baby boy still wrapped in his amniotic sac is going viral.
I called 911 because I was so scared.
I pulled my pants off and reached down, sure enough his head was right there.
I pushed one time and my miracle baby was born.
Against the dispatcher’s advice to pull over, Scurry told her fiance to keep driving.
She figured they would arrive at the hospital before an ambulance could reach them.
Scurry’s baby was born en caul, which she said happens once in every 80,000 births, weighing 3 pounds and 1 ounce. “EJ is making such great progress!”
Scurry wrote.
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Here are the tiniest diapers for the smallest preemies

Here are the tiniest diapers for the smallest preemies

Babies born prematurely have their own set of challenges.
Diapers shouldn’t be among them.
But making diapers even smaller proved to be an even greater challenge.
“When nurses asked us to design a diaper for babies as tiny as 1 pound, everyone at Pampers was inspired to create our best diaper yet for the most vulnerable babies,” said E. Yuri Herminda, vice president of North America Baby Care at Procter & Gamble, in a press release.
These P-3 diapers are shaped differently than typical newborn diapers to conform to a premature baby’s special shape.
While other infant diapers have a wider core, which can push the baby’s legs apart, these are narrow and contoured between the legs to allow the baby’s hips and legs to rest comfortably in an optimal position.
The P-3 diapers are made from extra soft material and feature a powerful liner to wick away wetness and loose stools, a common side effect of antibiotics.
They fasten all over and are equally absorbent in the front and the back, allowing nurses to vary the position of the diaper, accommodating medical lines and leads without hindering care.
According to the company, this new diaper is the result of three years and more than 10,000 hours of research, including in-depth studies with more than 100 NICU nurses.
“For our newest and smallest preemie diaper, we set out to meet the very unique needs of premature babies and the nurses who care for them,” said Amy Tally, senior scientist in Pampers Hospital Diaper Development, Procter & Gamble.

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