Today, there is a bigger chance for a successful recovery of a premature baby thanks to the constant improvement in medicine and better conditions at the infirmaries.
A baby is considered premature if it was born before the 37th week, and any intensive medical care is necessary only for those kids who during the delivery weighed less than 1500g. Since the middle of the nineties the number of very small premature babies has increased, the main reason for this tendency being the mother’s age. 30 years ago, most of the premature babies have had slim chances to survive; however, medical progress has changed that. Today, 90% of prematurely born babies successfully survive, and the majority of those babies continue their lives without any severe consequences. This is mostly the case for babies born after the 26th week, while for babies weighing less than 500g and born before the 25th week, the chance for survival is 75%.
Compassion and care
Researches have shown that premature born babies make most progress when the environment adapts to their needs. This is why in modern medicine many aspects of premature baby care were changed to better suit those needs. For example, premature babies are no longer placed underneath a neon light as they were before. Also, back in the days most babies were placed entirely naked in the incubators, having nothing with them, while today it’s encouraged to provide them with a sense of security and comfort by using teddy bears. Furthermore, the medical equipment of today is much quieter and the majority of alarms are only read optically to allow for a proper resting environment. In many of the western countries today, the infirmaries would also allow the parents to enter and provide their children with the physical touch and spiritual connection which have a great influence on their baby’s development. And because it has been discovered that the proximity and closeness of the parents help babies breathe deeply and peacefully, children nowadays are allowed to be placed on the parent’s chest, even though they are still connected to the breathing devices.