Category: Prematurity

Diabetes during pregnancy: a risk factor premature birth

Diabetes during pregnancy: a risk factor premature birth

Diabetes is a serious health concern, especially when left untreated. About 9 out of 100 women in the U.S. have diabetes – a condition in which your b ...
Home from the NICU: how to handle visitors and trips outside

Home from the NICU: how to handle visitors and trips outside

You’ve finally brought your baby home from the NICU and you’re looking forward to taking her out into the world and introducing her to your friends an ...
Premature birth and the NICU: a personal experience

Premature birth and the NICU: a personal experience

Every day I read and answer lots of questions on topics like preconception care, prenatal care, and how to have a healthy pregnancy. I also answer ...
Premature birth rate in U.S. increases for second year

Premature birth rate in U.S. increases for second year

For the second year in a row, the rate of preterm birth in the United States has increased. The premature birth rate went up from 9.6 percent of birth ...
Prematurity Awareness Month has arrived and here’s how you can help

Prematurity Awareness Month has arrived and here’s how you can help

Here at the March of Dimes November means Prematurity Awareness Month. Although we work all year round to fight preterm birth, this month we are worki ...
What is a respiratory therapist?

What is a respiratory therapist?

If your baby is in the NICU, you know that there are a lot of people caring for her and helping her to get stronger each day. One of those NICU team m ...
March of Dimes-funded researchers have identified genes involved in preterm birth

March of Dimes-funded researchers have identified genes involved in preterm birth

Premature birth is a complex problem with no single solution. Each year, about 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely, and more than one mil ...
Retinopathy of prematurity

Retinopathy of prematurity

If you have a premature baby, you may have heard of retinopathy of prematurity or ROP. ROP is an abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eye. Durin ...
Getting ready for discharge from the NICU

Getting ready for discharge from the NICU

In general, your premature baby will be ready to go home around her due date. But your baby will have to reach certain milestones first. Her vital sig ...
Medication before and during pregnancy

Medication before and during pregnancy

Did you know that 7 out of 10 pregnant women take at least one prescription medication? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C ...