Premature Essay

615 WordsJul 31, 20123 Pages
Micro preemie, as defined by Dr. Jean Wright, is a colloquial term that has been coined to describe babies born from 23 to 28 weeks with a low birth weight.Although they are a minority of the infants in a neonatal intensive care unit, this description defines them as a sub category of the premature babies born. I am an example of a micro preemie because I was born at twenty-five weeks gestation and weighed one pound fourteen ounces.Due to the baby doe regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, all micro preemies are given life sustaining treatment such as a respirator and an insulated incubator to stay alive. When a micro preemie is born, doctors are often not able to make an assessment of a future disability; therefore, they revive all viable babies. One common problem (among several that a micro preemie might experience) is a brain hemorrhage. A brain hemorrhage is bleeding in the brain that can result in impairment. “However, there is no correlation between the size of the bleed and the damage that may result”, as stated by Dr. Chandler, a neo-natalogist at Plantation General Hospital. Shortly after my birth with a grade three bleed, a neurologist told my mother that I would be a vegetable and she might want to consider placing me in an institution. While the size of the bleed was high, the resulting damage was not as severe as the doctor indicated. With a brain injury, the quality, quantity and speed of services can improve a baby’s outcome. When a micro preemie is born, prior to their discharge, the parents would meet with social services in the hospital to obtain the needed information about services and agencies that can help the baby and its family. Many states including North Carolina have agencies like Easter Seals, United Cerebral Palsy, and other agencies that work with disabled children. Dr. Maureen Hack found in a study,

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