Premature birth is the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States, and accounts for 35 percent of health care spending for infants.
Premature birth is a high-stakes problem to solve for researchers. In addition to causing nearly 10,000 deaths annually, pregnancies that end before the 37-week mark cost the American health system about $28 billion a year.
New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof writes about breastfeeding and undernutrition in Mali.
Newborns with later clamping had higher hemoglobin levels 24 to 48 hours postpartum and were less likely to be iron-deficient three to six months after birth, compared with term babies who had early cord clamping.
Seattle Children’s Hospital Receives Designation as First Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Washington
Seattle Children’s NICU offers advanced modes of imaging as well as the state’s most experienced specialists in neonatal nursing, respiratory care, nutrition, pharmacy, physical therapy and all medical and surgical subspecialities – all available 24/7.
Americans should feel proud of the incredible global health advances the United States has led. But we can do even more with our modest but impactful global health investments.
Bubble CPAP — in which bubbling water is involved in generating the pressure — is regarded as especially effective for newborns. It’s noninvasive, with a nasal mask or nasal prongs delivering the warm, moisturized oxygen and air mixtures.
Once parents experience skin to skin, these fears go away once they realize that it’s the most fabulous feeling in the world because they see the baby’s response to it. The baby’s oxygen levels and temperature will improve once he or she is resting on a parent.
The skin of premature babies is very thin, and water evaporates quickly through it, sometimes leading to life-threatening heat loss, especially in a poor country where heat on neonatal wards can be unsteady.
Universities and hospitals participating in the project will call upon a diverse group of researchers, including those in fields not tapped for this kind of work before: evolutionary biologists, mathematicians, sociologists, psychologists and biomedical engineers.