Dr. David Prentice: “If You Care for Them, They Will Live”

Preterm Infant Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

In “How extremely preterm babies can survive and thrive” Charlotte Lozier Institute’s Dr. David Prentice writes on greater survival rates for preterm babies, thanks to advances in science but also to changing attitudes: “If you care for them, they will live.”

Babies born extremely preterm, barely halfway through gestation, are living and thriving thanks not only to improvements in modern medical science but also to changing attitudes in the medical community.

The British Association of Perinatal Medicine has taken note of these improvements regarding extremely preterm babies and is now recommending that babies born as early as 22 weeks’ gestation [bapm.org] should be actively cared for with lifesaving treatments.

According to the British Medical Journal [bmj.com], the charge is for doctors to routinely consider lifesaving stabilization and resuscitation for “all babies born from 22 weeks’ gestation.” They go on to note that this new recommendation “reflects steady improvements made in neonatal and obstetric care over the past decade that have increased survival rates among the most premature babies.”

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