Welcome to Risky Baby Business here at More Cowbell! We talk about moms and babies every Saturday over here, particularly those of the high-risk variety. If you want to catch up on the previous posts in this series, click here.
Today we’re talking about “preemies.” As rocky as my journey was, my gal stayed in for 42 weeks. So I asked Kasey Mathews, author of Preemie, to share some information about premature birth with me.
Holy Cowbell, what an eye-opener! The more I’ve learned about premature birth, the more my heart has gone out to the parents of these tiny bundles. They’re rockstars!
I’m excited to announce that I’m interviewing Kasey here at More Cowbell next Saturday (Squeeeeee!). PREEMIE just had a big book launch party at the end of May so you’re getting the scoop early.
Note: We’ll be giving away a copy of PREEMIE to one lucky commenter. I’m reading it now and loving it!!
5 Facts About Premature Birth:
1. A baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature. A micro-preemie, like Kasey’s daughter Andie, is born before 26 weeks or weighs less than 1 lb 12 ounces.
2. Over 1/2 million preemies are born in U.S. every year. Globally the number of premature births is 15 million!! These numbers are on the rise.
3. 40% of parents will never know why baby came early.
4. Post-traumatic stress disorder is very prevalent in preemie parents. (Facts on PTSD here.) The emotional trauma of having a preemie is long lasting, often affecting parents years later.
Note: Here’s a link to a Stanford doctor’s study on PTSD in preemie parents.
5. Preemies are incredibly vulnerable to illness. Cold & flu/RSV season is particularly worrisome for preemies and they must be protected and isolated during that time. (Here’s some tips on how.)
If you are a preemie parent, here are some articles that may be helpful to you:
- 10 Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Your Preemie
- 5 Important Precautions for Parents of Preemies
- How To Bond with your Premature Baby in the Neonatal ICU
Thanks to Kasey for sharing these facts and giving me a place to start my research for this post. I hope you all join me next Saturday for her interview and more details about her extraordinary journey with her daughter Andie. Remember, we’ll be giving away a copy of her book, PREEMIE!
Do you have any experience with premature birth? Are there any questions you’d like me to ask Kasey? Please let me know if there are topics you’d like to see covered here at Risky Baby Business!