Medical science can save younger and younger babies. Medical culture is changing as a result.


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  1. Theresa

    Great article! And having a preemie at 29 weeks or full term babies you never know the out come for the child

    • Ana

      We just had a extreme preemie born at 23 weeks 3 days. I was hospitalized for 5 days prior to her being born. We were informed of every negative possibility with little hope of a potential positive outcome. After 238 days in hospital baby Grace has come home with hearing, vision, breathing with help of low flow, and a g tube. We knew what we were getting ourselves into. Baby Grace has added more joy and love to our lives and we are so grateful to have her. The truth is we never know full term or preterm what will or will not happen in the future but I am so glad she is here today smiling at home in her crib!!! Thank you McMaster Nicu!

  2. Ary P Smith

    Our daughter was born “breeched” at 22w 6 days after surviving 19 weeks pprom at 1 lbs 2 ozs & is now 4 with no medical issues

    • Emily Delpero

      What a journey. Was your child delivered by C-Section or vaginally?

    • Manpreet

      Hi i am in same condition can you please give me more details about your situation

  3. Julianna

    One of the best articles i read about micros! Did not know Japan was such a leader in care!
    Mom of a healthy-happy-smart 2 yr old, ex 24w+0d baby girl with ivh 4

  4. Athlete's Choice Massage

    Wow what an interesting article! I found it especially interesting how older infants with the same chances of survival and/or disability developing as a result of intervention are often resuscitated without questions vs perivital preemies there is a larger discussion with the families. I wonder do you know the statistics for parents who end up choosing resuscitation vs comfort care for perivital preemies when given the option? I think it would provide an interesting insight into your comments on the stigma surrounding disability from the public’s perspective as opposed to the medical community’s perspective (maybe a topic for a different article!)

    • Emily Delpero

      Interesting thought/research question!
      I’m not aware of any Canadian studies looking at those numbers specifically. That said, unless there have been qualitative studies on the motivations underlying each decision, I would hesitate to infer any motivations from absolute numbers.

      Every family who faces that decision is presented with and consider many variables and I think it would be very hard to conclude anything about societal bias from seeing how many families choose not to intervene.

  5. Kennedy

    I have a baby born 23 weeks 2 days and I knowhat you mean. It’s terrifying.

    • Kennedy

      I meant I know! My brain is dead! Our baby is currently 2 days old so 23+4 now and this article is amazing!

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