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Originally Posted by riversong
I feel like when I get to this milestone, I can wipe a little sweat off my brow. I'm actually not that worried with this pregancy, but I like to be able to say to myself, "Ok, if the baby were born today it would probably survive, even though it would take a lot of medical intervention." Then later I can reassure myself that the baby surely live, but just have a long stay in the NICU. So...is it 25 weeks? I know I've read that almost all babies born after 28 weeks survive.
I don't have any risk factors or history of premature births, I just play these mind games with myself.
|However, most babies born after about 26 weeks gestation do survive to one year (about 80 percent at 26 weeks and about 87 percent at 27 weeks), although they may face an extended stay in the NICU. Unfortunately, about 20 to 40 percent of the very lowest birthweight babies develop serious lasting disabilities.|
Originally Posted by wifeandmom
What amazes me is that by 29-30 weeks, the survival rates are so high at that point, they really don't improve all that much by carrying to term. Amazing what an excellent NICU can do these days.
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