Babies born 23 weeks preterm: How they've changed medical culture
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Medical science can save younger and younger babies. Medical culture is changing as a result.

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  • Lucy says:

    My son was born in 2018 at 23 weeks 4 days. He did suffer a grade 4 brain bleed, but he came home after 109 days in the NICU with oxygen and feeding tube. He is now 2 1/2 years old, completely healthy, and you would never know he is a former micro-preemie.

  • aisha saeed says:

    Relay this article give me hope. My baby 23 week 4 days still in NICU. She is 5days.
    Can you please tell me how many days your baby were in ventilators?? if any one wants to help me….My brain is dead almost. Is any women face any discomfort with her child, when she arrived home after hospital stay in NICU?

  • Kennedy says:

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

    • Kennedy says:

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

  • Athlete's Choice Massage says:

    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 says:

      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.

  • Julianna says:

    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

  • Ary P Smith says:

    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

  • Ghada says:

    My baby 22 w 2 d was 13 oz

  • Theresa says:

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

    • Ana says:

      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!

    • Tracy Webb says:

      My grandson was born 23 weeks 5 days .and they told my daughter there isn’t anything they can do its up to Grayson. He is in geisinger medical center danville. Is there a better hospital. His.little lungs are inflamed .someone has got to do something there .

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