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I always thought it was 26 weeks, because the rate of survival jumps to 90%. But I like the sound of 24 weeks. 26 is just what I had read before.
ETA: Okay, after actually looking it up, it is 24 weeks. I shouldn't go try to go from memory 5 minutes after waking up from nap time.
always thought it was the day when your hospital is willing to perform life
saving measures which is usually 24 weeks. I don't think it is when your baby
is 100% viable outside the womb, a 24 week delivery is very early and not guaranteed
Curls218:Well then, hot dang, I made it!nbsp; I know it increases like crazy until 26 weeks then kind of balances out pretty much.nbsp; Guess I'll be celebrating tonight!nbsp; I'm going out to dinner with my friend who just got a good NT scan result and is officially telling people now, so now we both have things to celebrate!
waterfall11:Odds of a Premature Baby's Survival by Length of PregnancyLength of PregnancyLikelihood of Survival23 weeks1724 weeks3925 weeks5026 weeks8027 weeks902831 weeks90953233 weeks9534 weeksAlmost as likely as a fullterm babySources: March of Dimes, Quint Boenker Preemie Survival Foundation
EMLYNNLERETTE: waterfall11:Odds of a Premature Baby's Survival by Length of PregnancyLength of PregnancyLikelihood of Survival23 weeks1724 weeks3925 weeks5026 weeks8027 weeks902831 weeks90953233 weeks9534 weeksAlmost as likely as a fullterm babySources: March of Dimes, Quint Boenker Preemie Survival Foundation
Amen for the chart! 27 weeks starting tomorrow. Whew.
90% is higher than I thought 27 weeks would be. I wish charts made me feel better about things. After being in the smaller percentage for my miscarriage they just don't bring me comfort anymore. :(
CDMay2006:Premature Birth StatisticsDefinitionsPremature born before 37 weeksModerately premature born between 35 and 37 weeksVery premature born between 29 and 34 weeksExtremely premature born between 24 and 28 weeksLow birthweight baby weighs less than 2,500 g (5.5 lbs)Very low birthweight baby weighs less than 1,500 g (3.0 lbs)Extremely low birthweight baby weighs less than 1,000 g (2.2 lbs)Neonatal deaths = within 28 days of birthPrenatal deaths = stillbirths and deaths occurring within the 1st week of lifeSurvival RatesBabies born at 23 weeks have a 17% chance of survivalBabies born at 24 weeks have a 39% chance of survivalBabies born at 25 weeks have a 50% chance of survivalFrom 32 weeks onwards, most babies are able to survive with the help of medical Technology [EPICure data]Outcomes1 in 10 premature babies will develop a permanent disability such as lung disease, cerebral palsy, blindness or deafness.50% of premature babies born before the 26th week of gestation are disabled, a quarter severely so. (Fowler GA. Preemie problems: the sobering statistics. US News World Reports 2000; vol 129: pp56.)Of children born before 26 weeks' gestation, results in 241 of the surviving children at six years (early school age) indicate a high level of disability as follows:22% severe disability (defined as cerebral palsy but not walking, low cognitive scores, blindness, profound deafness)24% moderate disability (defined as cerebral palsy but walking, IQ/cognitive scores in the special needs range, lesser degree of visual or hearing impairment)34% mild disability (defined as low IQ/cognitive score, squint, requiring glasses)20% no problems http://www.preemiesurvival.org/info/
That is an odd grouping of gestational ages. There is a huge difference between 29 and 34 weeks. After 34 weeks is considered a late term preemie and certainly not "very early".
magdalina.h: waterfall11:Odds of a Premature Baby's Survival by Length of PregnancyLength of PregnancyLikelihood of Survival23 weeks1724 weeks3925 weeks5026 weeks8027 weeks902831 weeks90953233 weeks9534 weeksAlmost as likely as a fullterm babySources: March of Dimes, Quint Boenker Preemie Survival Foundation well this chart ***!ng sucks for a person whose child was I. The 90 range. Jesus, I thought it was less, didnt realize he was in the 10th. Sorry. I'm currently in freak out mode until 6/22 when I'm a day past when Aidan was born
24 weeks is when their chance of survival goes up quite a bit. 28 weeks is generally the next big step where there is a potential for enough lung development that they could breathe on their own.
But babies born after 24 weeks don't always make it and babies born before 24 weeks sometimes do, so you never know. I think it's just a celebration the same way that the 2nd trimester is. It just means that you are that much closer to your baby being born healthy.