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Anybody see this??? A 21 6/7 week baby just went home from the hospital!
21 6/7 weeker... but not really. This baby was conceived by IVF, so we know the exact amount of time from conception - which was 21 weeks and 6 days - BUT, this same duration of pregnancy in a patient who did not use IVF would be described based on LMP. So, what they're calling a 21 6/7 weeker really corresponds to the same duration of pregnancy that we would usually call a 23 6/7 weeker (assuming 14 days between ovulation (and likely fertilization) and menstruation). Right?
age old question of "we have the technology, but should we do it" don't really know why this is an option for any parent. i know "people" want medicine to be less paternalistic, but why the heck do we have to go to all of the school and extra training if we can't make a determination of what is the best solution.
But, I must also say, I don't think we should necessarily write off the resusitation of early babies. It wasn't twenty years ago that it was considered pointless to resusitate babies below 28-29 weeks.
Thanks for sharing Old Bear!
Thanks for correcting me Old Bear. I just remember when my cousin was born twenty years ago at 26 weeks, many said he shouldn't have been resussitated, so that was what I was basing my statement on.
The hype around this case gives a huge amount of false hope. They portray this baby as having no long term affects due to the prematurity.
No one ever stops to think that just because they can save a baby this premature doesn't mean they should!
I would note that I feel that some of the criticisms of the physicians for their media role MAY be misguided. I have been in their shoes and there is intense pressure from the hospital and the media to build and spin a positive story of medical miracles even when one has doubts.
It is easy to be caught up in this or be misquoted. It is difficult to deliver and have heard a more balanced message.
The day after the story broke, the neo was interviewed outside of the "circus" and he was more realistic. He still did say that there was a chance that the baby would be normal but also said that it was highly unlikely, citing the fact that there isn't much data to compare her to.