Nov 30, 2012

Premmie babies: our tiny problem, growing bigger

Premature babies are on the increase in Australia. Timothy Moss, senior research fellow at the Ritchie Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research, examines the difficult conundrum.

There’s an international awareness day for just about everything these days, so it’s not surprising that World Prematurity Day came and went on November 17 without anyone noticing.

The little international media coverage received focused on the devastating impact of preterm birth in low-income countries. However, it also raises significant medical — and ethical — issues in Australia, where over 8% of babies — almost 30,000 a year — are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation; full term is 40 weeks).

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