What is the medical definition of a premature baby? -Premature born before 37 weeks -Moderately premature born between 35 and 37 weeks -Very premature born between 29 and 34 weeks -Extremely premature born between 24 and 28 weeks -Low birth weight baby weighs less than 2,500 g (5.5 lbs) -Very low birth weight baby weighs less than 1,500 g (3.0 lbs) -Extremely low birth weight baby weighs less than 1,000 g (2.2 lbs) Did you know there were some famous people who were born prematurely? The list includes: -Pablo Picasso -Thomas Hardy -Franklin Roosevelt -John Keats -Mark Twain -Napoleon Bonaparte -Sir Winston Churchill -Stevie Wonder -Jean-Jacques Rousseau -Issac Newton -Charles Darwin - Albert Einstein What does the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit(NICU) do? -help maintain baby's temperature -helps the baby breath -helps the baby eat -helps the parents learn how to take care of their baby(ies) -work together as doctors, nurses, specialists, and parents to work out a plan that will help the baby become as healthy as they can as fast as possible.
What does the March of Dimes do? -Teach mothers how to be as healthy as they can while pregnant -Helps create a support system -Educates health care professionals -reduce the rate of premature birth, and to raise public awareness about the seriousness of the problem.