Category Archives: Premature babies

Increasing survival of extremely premature babies again raises questions about upper abortion limits

By Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. The increasing survival of extremely premature babies is again

Tiny preemie reaches out for contact and comfort

By Dave Andrusko Two of my sisters are nurses, one is still active in an ER, and I sure wish they would have told me about Figure 1, an image-sharing app for medical staff. (I assume they didn’t/couldn’t for professional

Preemie “completely changed the world” in his brief life

“Jack Sparrow” born at 24 weeks By Dave Andrusko When doctors learned that Jack Riley Sadgrove would be born at 24 weeks, one of the first questions they asked his parents was whether they “wanted to keep the baby” since

Born at 23 weeks, this baby was the youngest ever to survive abdominal surgery, and now she’s home

Abiageal Peters was less than 24 weeks from conception when she underwent abdominal surgery.

By Fr. Mark Hodges LONDON, England, March 3, 2017 — Tiny Abiageal Peters, the youngest person to survive major abdominal surgery, has gone home from the hospital four months after her miraculous birth. At the time of the operation, she

A crochet octopus is helping premature babies thrive

By Nancy Flanders In February of 2013 in Denmark, a group of volunteers began what is known as The Octo Project. They crochet adorable octopi that are helping premature babies feel more secure. The project seems to be leading to

More very premature babies are surviving and with fewer neurological impairments

Changes in ICU culture are key By Dave Andrusko The study appeared today in the New England Journal of Medicine and its bland headline conceals very, very encouraging results: “Survival and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes among Periviable Infants.” But the conclusion of the

Giving back: Sisters born prematurely now care for preemie babies

Ainsley and Tiffany Ballantyne (Andrew Cawley / DC Thomson)

By Texas Right to Life Sisters Ainsley and Tiffany Ballantyne, both born prematurely, know first-hand the struggles these children can face. The Sunday Post reports that Ainsley, 26, and Tiffany, 22, received extensive medical care throughout childhood, spending many days

Mother of preemie sadly concludes “life and death” abortion decision “a woman’s to make alone”

By Dave Andrusko This particular essay, by Sarah Russo, originally dealt with the federal version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. But with the measure having just passed two states (Ohio and Kentucky) and introduced in others, her post

Harry Potter and the 23-week premature baby girl

By Nancy Flanders Kelley Benham French, her husband Tom, and Tom’s two sons were already big fans of the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling before baby girl Juniper was born 16 weeks early and the family wasn’t sure

Miscarried at 20 weeks, baby Scarlett shares the humanity of preborn children

By Nancy Flanders Alyssa Young and her husband, Justin, had been talking about being parents since they first met and started dating as teenagers. They were thrilled when six years later, they were expecting their first child: a baby girl.

Born premature at 24 weeks, baby Marlo is a ‘miracle’

By Nancy Flanders Carla Ricciardone and her husband, John Doherty, were happily awaiting the arrival of their first child, a baby girl named Marlo. The pregnancy was progressing normally and everything on the ultrasounds looked great. But then at 23

Let’s count the ways the births of preemies Cadence and Jaxson Moore are miraculous

Cadence at 32 days old 1lb 7oz

By Dave Andrusko It’s easy to use the word “miracle” when talking about extremely premature babies who beat the odds. But if ever there were twins (about to celebrate their first birthday) whose survival qualifies as genuinely miraculous, it is