Premature Birth

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What Is Premature Birth?

A premature birth condition is considered the number one cause of death for infants in the US. With half a million premature infants born each year, prematurity is clearly a danger facing many local families.

A pregnancy is considered full-term when the child is carried for nine months. Births that occur before this 37-week gestational period are considered premature or preterm. Because there are important physical developments that occur during the later months of pregnancy, early births can result in serious consequences for the child.

While premature births are most common among women carrying multiple children, there are a number of factors that can cause a premature birth. Women who suffer from an incompetent or weak cervix are most susceptible to preterm births.


Preterm birth may lead to various complications, which may increase in severity depending on many factors, especially the degree of prematurity. Although babies that are born from 23 to 26 weeks can survive, they are at extremely high risk for severe complications such as:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Problems with vision
  • Digestive problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Fluid accumulation in the brain
  • Developmental delay
  • Seizures
  • Neurological deficits


Some symptoms of premature labor include:

  • Contractions every 10 minutes or more often
  • Change in vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pressure
  • Low, dull backache
  • Cramps that feel like your period
  • Abdominal cramps

In some cases, preterm births occur with no warning and are therefore unpredictable. In other cases, however, doctors and nurses should be aware of women showing early risk factors of premature birth and provide special care before, during and after birth to ensure a healthy delivery.

Doctors and health care professionals can be held responsible for any injury or death resulting from their negligence. If your child was harmed by malpractice you should not have to pay for the resulting pile of medical bills and associated costs.

Some babies may not show signs of complications until later in childhood or even adulthood. A good example is a learning disability, which is usually not discovered until the child starts attending school.

Contact Thurswell Law

If your child was born with a disability that resulted from premature birth, call Thurswell Law at (248) 354-222 for a free consultation. Get the monetary compensation you deserve. No fee unless you collect.


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