Preventing Premature Births

Premature births are on the rise, and now the government wants to know why.

One in eight babies is born prematurely, and a recent study shows underweight births have hit the highest level in 40 years.

Now Federal Health Officials and the U.S. Surgeon General are beginning an unprecedented push to find out why.

They are also putting together a new campaign to educate women about this troubling trend.

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  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Jun 24, 2008 at 05:41 PM
    I just recently gave birth last month to a baby boy. He was 12 weeks early weighing only 1 lb. 12 oz. and he's doing fine. My first child weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz. and I was 39 1/2 weeks at the age of 14. My second child weighed 6 lbs. 4 oz. at 37 weeks at the age 21. I don't smoke, drink, or use any drugs. It just so happen during this pregnancy I was under a lot of stress. It was something that I couldn't help but think about. Sometimes stress could be the issue. Or big a little obese, creates problems even when you're not pregnant. At 14 I only weigh 130 lbs. at 21 I was five lbs. from being 200 lbs. and now at 26 I am 210 lbs. so maybe my weight was a factor because I am as healthy as I was 11 yrs ago. I really would love to know why are a lot of babies being born premature.
  • by Si Location: NC on Jun 24, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    Not it's not the age, I was 18 when I had my baby who weighed over 7 lbs. I'll tell you what it is, mothers who smoke cigarettes, crack and everything else while they are pregnant.
  • by Kisha Location: Newport on Jun 24, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    I was 18 married and living on my own when I had my daughter who weighed in at 8lbs 2.5oz. I doubt age of the mother is causing prematurity.
  • by brenda Location: greenville on Jun 24, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    babies need to stop having babies!!!

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