The Effects Of Premature Birth

Every year an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely. That means more than one in ten babies is born too early every year. According to a new study published by the World Health Organization and advertised worldwide on World Prematurity Day on November 17, nearly one million children die each year due to complications of preterm birth. Most survivors have to struggle with numerous disabilities, including visual and hearing problems and learning disabilities.

The Effects of a Premature Birth Can Stay with a Baby for Life

There’s a growing body of evidence that people who are born prematurely are a bit different than those who were carried to term. Besides a variety of health problems preterm babies might be suffering from, they are also susceptible to introversion and are more likely to struggle with certain cognitive problems.

Those born prematurely are also more sensitive to emotional stress and may encounter social difficulties later in life. According to a study from Warwick University, preterm babies are more likely to struggle financially and earn less than those who were born on time.

As the research suggests, preterm babies should have more support in school to prevent them from failing later in life. School teachers should be trained to work with prematurely born children and know how to tend to their needs.

Premature Birth Is a Form of Loss for Mothers

Ask any NICU nurse, and she’ll tell you about the pain a mother suffers seeing her tiny angel having to go through invasive medical procedures. Preterm birth isn’t a problem just for the baby itself, but for the whole family as well, especially the mom.

It might sound odd, but most preterm moms confessed that premature birth felt almost like they’ve lost something. Sure, their babies survived and are healthy now, but they’ve missed what’s usually expected in pregnancy.

They Lose the Feeling of “Mothering” the Baby
Imagine that you just gave birth and you are not allowed to hold your baby for more than a month. Then, your kangaroo care sessions (when the baby is put on your bare chest) lasted only a few moments before your baby’s monitors started to sound like crazy.

You feel helpless as you watch others tend to your baby’s needs.  It’s excruciating.

They Lose the Most Beautiful Part of Their Pregnancy
Fear is the main emotion experienced by mothers who are susceptible to preterm birth. The final trimester should be the most beautiful part of the pregnancy, but for those women is hell. They don’t get to take pictures of their belly each month. And, they never get to rub their belly every chance they got.

They Might Suffer from Mild Cases of PTSD
It’s well known that parents who’ve spent time with their babies in neonatal care are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can have a severe impact on a mother’s day to day life. From reliving the events to the feeling of being constantly on edge, a premature birth can make a woman’s life take a turn for the worst.

You Can Fight Premature Birth

Because November is Prematurity Awareness Month, Scrubsmag encourages all women, pregnant or considering pregnancy, to learn as much as possible about what they should do to ensure a healthy term. Talk to you doctor about risk factors, concerns, premature labor, and so on. Don’t assume that just because you are healthy, it will never happen to you. 

It can happen to anyone, even the healthiest woman.

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