Monday, March 7, 2011

Did you deliver at a hospital with a NICU Level III?

There was an article posted today regarding transporting pregnant women in premature labor to hospitals with the highest-level neonatal intensive care units. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital study shows that transporting moms before giving birth to her baby greatly increases their babies' odds of surviving.

Quoting from the article, "Very low birthweight babies born at less than 32 weeks' gestation are less likely to suffer severe complications if they're born at a hospital with a Level III NICU than if they're transported to such a facility shortly after birth, according to a study in today's Pediatrics." I am wondering how many of our preemie moms delivered at a hospital with a Level III NICU and how many had to be transported after their birth?

The study states that the ambulance ride is where a baby may suffer more severe complications like brain bleed, or intracranial hemorrhage, as well as body temperature regulation even with assistance. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends very low-birthweight preemies be delivered at hospitals with Level III NICUs. The study states that educating obstetricians and nurses on the advantages of transferring moms to NICU level III's is the best thing to do and best case scenario for all parties involved. 

Blog post adapted a story which can be read at:

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