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PREGNANCY: Awareness of prematurity is important

Every parent-to-be wants to have a healthy baby, but this doesn’t always happen. More than half a million babies (one in eight of all newborns) in the U.S. are born prematurely every year; worldwide, that figure totals nearly 13 million. In Washington state alone, more than 9,100 babies are born too soon annually.

Because these babies are born prematurely, they are at risk for lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy, lung problems, vision and hearing loss, and learning disabilities. Premature birth is also the leading cause of newborn death in the U.S.

Awareness is the first step to solving this

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PREGNANCY: Just two weeks can make a big difference

As a perinatal nurse in the South Sound, I see many pregnant women a few weeks from a full-term pregnancy who are anxious to deliver. Many don’t understand how critical the last few weeks of pregnancy are to the healthy development of their baby.

But I know that healthy babies are worth the wait. At least 39 weeks of pregnancy are crucial to a baby’s health as development of critical organs continue during the last weeks of pregnancy. Current research shows the risk of infant death doubles when a baby is born at 37 weeks of pregnancy when compared to

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