Premature babies and viability

"The number of babies being born prematurely is on the increase, and so is their chance of surviving.” Jessica Salter

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  • A 2015 article in the New England Journal of Medicine reported on survival rates for premature babies (without congenital abnormalities) if given active treatment:
    • Nearly one in four (23.1%) of babies born at 22 weeks gestation survived (67% of these without serious impairment and 39% without either serious or moderate impairment)
    • One in three (33.3%) of babies born at 23 weeks gestation survived (76% of these without serious impairment and 48% without either serious or moderate impairment)
    • Well over half (56.6%) of babies born at 24 weeks gestation survived (81.4% of these without serious impairment and 54.6% without either serious or moderate impairment)
  • Nearly half (48%) of babies born with Down Syndrome and very low birthweight (<1500 g), which is equivalent to less than 30 weeks gestation, survive to at least 20 years of age

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