Each year, the U.S. sees more than 380,000 babies who are born prematurely, or before 37 weeks into the pregnancy. While the rate of preterm birth in the U.S. has been, alarmingly, on the rise for two years running according to research by the March of Dimes, advances in medical care are helping these tiny patients grow and thrive. In many cases, premature babies will spend days, weeks, or months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, where they are monitored and cared for around the clock.
Advances in care
Everything in the NICU is designed around the unique needs of these patients. Premature babies are often unable to thrive in a standard newborn crib and are kept in incubator …