Healthy Living: Extreme Preemies Grow Up
Each year, 380,000 babies are born premature.
The smallest baby ever born came into the world at 23 weeks and three days and weighed the same as a small apple. She is part of a group of survivors called micro preemies.
Surviving birth and the weeks after is challenging.
These extreme preemie babies are part of a group called against-the-odds babies which, due to the popularity of IVFs, is now larger than at any time in history. Because of that, researchers are just now beginning to understand what survivors of extreme prematurity may face as they age.