Baby's First Year · Pregnancy

Born too soon: World Prematurity Day

Every year on November 17th, we celebrate World Prematurity Day to raise awareness about preterm birth and the concerns preterm babies and their family's experience. Babies born too early may face serious health risks or long term health problems. In 2016, the preterm birth rate was 8.7% in Toronto, higher than the rest of Ontario.… Continue reading Born too soon: World Prematurity Day

Pregnancy

Preterm Labour- Can it happen to me?

I'm 34 weeks pregnant, and things have been going along smoothly with the pregnancy, until today. I've been having more vaginal discharge than usual, and I'm feeling quite crampy. I think something is wrong. Could I be experiencing preterm labour? What is Preterm Labour? Typically, labour occurs between the 37th and 42nd week of pregnancy.… Continue reading Preterm Labour- Can it happen to me?

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

You've done all the textbook things you're supposed to do during your pregnancy – you ate healthy food, exercised, attended prenatal programs, and had regular visits with your health care provider.  Yet here you are…sitting in a neonatal intensive care unit gazing through an incubator at your tiny two-pound baby born at 28 weeks.  Where… Continue reading Are you blaming yourself for the premature birth of your baby?

Pregnancy

Preterm labour: What do I need to know?

"An estimated 15 million babies are born too early every year. That is more than 1 in 10 babies." – World Health Organization What is preterm labour? Normal labour usually happens between 37 to 42 weeks in pregnancy. Preterm labour is labour that happens before 37 completed weeks.  What's worrisome is that preterm labour can… Continue reading Preterm labour: What do I need to know?