Category: Prematurity

For the third year in a row, more babies are being born too soon.

For the third year in a row, more babies are being born too soon.

According to recent data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, the preterm birth rate ...
The last weeks of pregnancy are important

The last weeks of pregnancy are important

In the last weeks of pregnancy, lots of important things happen to your baby. These changes help your baby have a healthy start. If your pregnancy is ...
Choosing a car seat for your premature baby

Choosing a car seat for your premature baby

This is an exciting moment! Your baby has been discharge from the newborn intensive care unit (also called, NICU) and is ready to go home. Now you ...
What are antenatal corticosteroids?

What are antenatal corticosteroids?

Preterm labor is labor that happens too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. If you have preterm labor, your health care provider may recommend antena ...
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

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

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 ...