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Published on Oct 30, 2012
For the last decade, prematurity has been the leading cause of infant mortality in the US. As a result of prematurity, many infants enter this world too early with a small chance of survival. So, physicians at Nationwide Children's Hospital developed a set of Small Baby Guidelines tailored to meet the needs of these premature infants, some born up to four months early. Now, a new study shows that these guidelines are not only improving survival rates for extremely premature infants, but also improving their quality of life. Dr. Ed Shepherd, chief of Neonatology, explains how these guidelines are helping these fragile infants go on to live normal lives.