Promising news came earlier this month when the March of Dimes announced the pre-term birth rate of 11.5 percent, a fifteen-year low.
For so many families, the premature birth of twins often means the loss of one child. One family credits the March of Dimes for helping them keep living.
At 26 weeks into her first pregnancy, Stacey Wender had no idea she was about to give birth. But that’s what happened. Her son Blake was born weighing just two pounds.
When a baby is born prematurely, it is incredibly hard on the parents. That’s where this New York City grandmother comes in.
Rosemary Pineda-Gelb gave birth to twin boys 14 weeks early. Ethan survived. Caleb did not.
“Their respiratory rate is a little lower, which is very good for them. If you’re in a calmer state you’re going to grow better, faster, and go home sooner,” Dr. Aimee Telsey told WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond.
There was a special celebration in Times Square today for some children with special needs.
Premature birth is actually a common experience, but it is often unexplained. Many refer to the experience as birth without joy, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported.
A woman who spent her life helping others deal with a troubling situation is now helping her own family deal with it, WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond reported.
The program at the Institute for Family Health, called CenteringPregnancy, brings women out of exam rooms and into groups for their care.
“It makes it fun because it encourages you to go. You know that you’re being rewarded,” said Bronx mom Brenda Ouyor, who just graduated from the program.
The March of Dimes, in its fight to prevent premature births, has tackled elective c-sections where the mother or doctor opt for delivery before 39 weeks.
Each year, a half million babies in the U.S. are born premature.
Doctors working to bring down the ever-growing rate of premature birth say prevention starts with the parents.
Doctors didn’t hold out much hope for Patricia Wipple’s daughter.