This Miracle Baby Weighing 450 Grams Survives And Returns Home!

Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under 5, but premature miracles do exist! Hannah Bella Rodriguez is a miracle of nature; she was born with a birth weight of 450 grams. Indeed after several weeks spent in the neonatal department of the medical center of the University of Nassau, the girl was able to return home with her mother. Here is the story!

A birth is considered premature when it occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. However, Hannah was not expected until October, but when her heart rate began to decline, the doctors decided to perform a caesarean section to save the mother and her baby. At 22 weeks, the gynecologist put the Pena mom to rest for a month and it is exactly on July 11 that this young mother gave birth to the smallest baby that the Nassau hospital had ever had.

As a general rule, babies must be at least 22 weeks old to survive. Hannah was born at 26 weeks, but she had the weight and height of a 22-week-old infant. The doctors said that Hannah's lungs were so strong that she did not surprisingly need a respirator. During her stay in the neonatology department, Hannah quadrupled her weight to finally exceed two kilos.

Doctors attribute Hannah's good growth to her mom Pena because every day she learned to take care of her baby perfectly. Pena was involved, she caressed Hannah, took her in his arms and often put her against her. So mom and baby were able to develop an excellent emotional relationship that was probably in favor of the girl's survival.

Although the majority of premature moms suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after the birth of a very low birth weight infant, it is clear that Pena has shown great courage and perseverance.

Cognitive development in premature babies
Improvements in prenatal care and neonatal medicine have helped to increase the survival of infants, particularly those with very low birth weight. If the simple gain in years of life is taken as standard, neonatal care is the most successful discipline in medicine today. The psychological development and quality of life of these babies has become an increasingly important topic of recent research.

Uncontrolled studies have shown that the intelligence quotients (IQ) of children with very low birth weight were in the normal range, but that they could reach about 7 percentage points lower than norms for children of the same age.

Long-term prenatal and perinatal cohort studies prior to the introduction of intensive neonatal care concluded that social factors and the quality of the home environment could compensate for perinatal and neonatal disadvantage. Recent data show that favorable social and environmental factors are predictive factors for catching up in the cognitive and behavioral development of preterm infants.

By social environment, we mainly mean the permanent contact of the premature baby with his mother. In fact, medical research has shown that, for example, skin-to-skin contact with infants is preferable to the incubator to keep babies warm, improve breathing and heart rate, improve breastfeeding and growth.

Many preterm and low birth weight babies have special needs and require medical care for typically several weeks. But the success of this care can not exclude the importance of continuous contact with the mother.
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