Did You Know Most of Our Patients are Premies? That Premies are at Higher Risk for SIDS? Join Us in Preventing Prematurity
What do babies born in Egypt, Algeria, Ukraine, Brazil and China have in common? These babies have a better chance of being born full-term than if they were born in the U.S.
According to the March of Dimes, our country continues to have an embarrassingly high preterm birth rate — the 54th worst in the world, and the worst among developed countries.
With an update to the Southwest SIDS Research Institute’s strategic plan, we identified common factors in those with known elevated risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and those participating in our cardiorespiratory monitor program. Our highest patient population is comprised of premature infants, some delivered as early as 23 weeks gestation. Prematurity remains one of the highest risk factors for actual sudden infant death. With those things in mind, and our desire to reduce the incidence of prematurity in our county (545 infants were born prematurely in Brazoria County in 2014), we are adding prematurity prevention information to all safe sleep kits and out-reach venues in 2017/2018.
Prematurity ranks second in healthcare cost only to care for the elderly. Reducing the incidence of prematurity in our county will be fiscally responsible, will reduce SIDS rates, and will help prevent long term disability associate with extreme prematurity. For Information: Southwest SIDS Research Institute 800-245-7437