Premature Babies

By: Julia Adams

"A person's a person, no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss

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  • In the United States 1 in 9 babies are born prematurely.
  • 15 million babies are born prematurely in the world each year.
  • Increase in the amount of premature births.
  • Biggest global killer of young children.

What have Scientists done to Increase the Survival Rate of Premature Babies?

  • Skin to skin contact between parents and preemies or "kangaroo care."
  • Massage Therapy

  • Caffeine can keep preemies alive.
  • Music Therapy

Health Problems

  • Apnea
  • Jaundice
  • Anemia
  • Intraventricular Hemorrhage or IVH
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia or BPD
  • Infections

Graham's Foundation

Preemie Parent Mentors

Care Packages

  • NICU
  • Transition from NICU to home
  • Remembrance

Age of Mother

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Plurality of Births

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Race and Origin

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Ward Miles First Year in a Glance

Ward Miles - First Year



A baby that is born before 26 weeks or that is born weighing less than one pound.


NICU stands for the neonatal intensive care unit. All premature babies must stay in the NICU until they are strong enough to go home.

A Neonatal Incubator

An apparatus that is used in a NICU and provides a perfect environment for a preemie. To insure a perfect environment the incubator may have a fan, heater, oxygen valve or a dehumidifier.