Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:36

World Preemie Day Competition

Calling all budding writers! Join in the fun of World Prematurity Month by entering the best short story or poem competition and you’ll have the chance to win great prizes including, the ebook, “The Preemie Guide to: Surviving the NICU.” and a $100 Earlybirds Gift voucher from

In 500 words maximum engage our imagination by sharing your experience in the NICU. You have a unique perspective as a mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, or friend...?

To enter, visit Earlybirds facebook page at and make a comment, and then email your story to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the title “short story competition”

Best entries will appear on and competition winners will be announced on the 17th November.

Published in Industry News
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 13:00

Probiotics, Key to Preterm Survival

Research championed by The University of Western Australia has concluded that thousands of preterm babies worldwide could be saved if probiotics were added to their feeds. The team of researchers reviewed 11 randomised trials in over 2,000 babies born more than six weeks prematurely and found survival was doubled in premature babies who received certain probiotics.


Published in Industry News
Monday, 09 May 2011 18:59

Oxygen Level & Preemies

Premature babies have underdeveloped lungs when they are born and so often require supplemental oxygen to survive. However, the level of oxygen needed to help preemies without causing other health problems has been a cause of much debate. A scientific publication in the New England Journal of Medicine has concluded that higher oxygen concentrations improve survival, but also note that this is not necessarily without risks.


Published in Industry News
Thursday, 16 June 2011 09:46

Blood Test to Predict Preemies

Worldwide one in 10 mothers give birth prematurely. There are numerous health and psychosocial factors that are associated with preterm birth, however the reason for many baby's early arrival remains a mystery. This means that historically, the ability to predict who will have a premature baby has been quite poor. That is, at least until a new study claims to be capable of detecting more than 80% of preterm births with a second trimester blood test.


Published in Industry News
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 17:05

Preemie dances on Ellen Show

In China, parents of a very small preemie sent their son to dance lessons after doctors suggested he move his limbs to music to help build up his weak muscles.  They didn't anticipate how much he'd love it, or how good he would be!


This little preemie is now world famous for imitating Michael Jackson's moves, he's appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and performed at the World Expo in Shanghai, May 2010.

His name is Wang Yiming but is more popularly know as Xiao Bao, which means "little treasure".


Watch preemie Xiao Bao dance like Michael Jackson below

Published in Fun clips for preemies
Saturday, 21 May 2011 13:09

Stem Cells for Preemies

The children's charity Action Medical Research is funding a project aimed at developing a cure for a condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). ROP can lead to blindness in premature babies, putting the youngest, sickest and smallest babies most at risk, including over 3,000 babies who are born more than 12 weeks early each year in the UK.


Published in Industry News
Friday, 02 March 2007 17:28

Preemie defies the odds

A preterm baby from Cardiff defied the odds of survival when he arrived 4 months early, weighing just 620 grams (1lb 6oz).  Doctors gave home a 5% chance of survival but his parents are thrilled with his progress.  Little baby Kaven was kept in hospital for 5 months and needed 2 operations, one for a serious bowel infection.  Although Kaven is home and progressing well doctors have told his parents that with preemies born this early. other difficulties may emerge.  Kaven's parents are also concerned about a weakness he has on his left side.

Published in New about Preemies
Friday, 02 December 2011 10:27

Breastfeeding & Pain in Preemies

Not only is pain in preemie babies upsetting annd stressful for parents, if pain is not managed well it can have serious negative consequences, both short- and long-term. It can affect preemie babies' ongoing sensitivity to pain, stress arousal systems, and brain development. In the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) pain associated with procedures such as pricking for blood tests are managed with interventions such as skin-to-skin care, swaddling, nesting, pacifiers, nonnutritive sucking, and sweet tastes. Breastfeeding, a natural, simple alternative, offers simultaneously the pain-reducing components of familiar odor, maternal skin-to-skin contact, sucking, and the ingestion of breast milk. In babies who are born full term, it has been reported that breastfeeding during painful procedures can reduce the pain response by 80 to 90% without producing any negative side effects. This approach had not been evaluated in preemie babies, in part due to a concern preemie babies may associate breastfeeding with pain, which could affect their ability to feed effectively and gain weight, as well impact mother-baby bonding.

Recently, a randomized control trial conducted by investigators from the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital and The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, had their results of a study investiagting this very issue in PAIN (which is a scientific journal).

This research study looked at whether breastfeeding during the painful procedure would have a negative impact on the development of breastfeeding skills, and whether preemie babies who had more mature breastfeeding behaviors would have lower pain scores and heart rates during blood collection than less experienced feeders.

The results from the study showed that for the preemie group as a whole, breastfeeding did not reduce either behavioral or physiological pain during blood collection. But importantly, there were negative affects on breastfeeding skill development either. Preemie babies who were more advanced in their ability to feed did have significantly lower behavioral pain scores.

Published in Industry News
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:46

Price Slashed-Preemie prevention drug

KV Pharmaceutical Co., the maker of an expensive drug to prevent premature births slashed the price by more than half on Friday (1st April 2011), following an outcry over the high cost and moves by federal regulators to keep a cheap version available.


Published in Industry News
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 20:15

Preemies and Attention

Preemiehelp is pleased to announce that Michelle Wilson-Ching Ph.D is the latest contributor to our website. Dr Wilson-Ching is an expert in attention difficulties experienced by preterm children. She completed her dissertation in 2010 and now works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Australia's Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Michelle was a researcher in a large regional cohort study based in Victoria, Australia called the Victorian Infant Collborative Study or VICS for short. The aim of VICS is to establish the extent of long-term health problems that occur in the tiniest (those of birthweight less than 1000 g) and most premature (those born less than 28 weeks of gestation) preterm survivors born in Victoria.


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Preemie, Premmie, or Prem?

Most babies spend between 38 and 42 weeks in their mother’s uterus. So, technically a preterm birth, preemie, premmie, or prem, is an infant who is born less than 37 completed gestational weeks. 

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