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Understanding Prematurity on World Prematurity Day

Public health advocates are encouraged by a slight reduction in the percentage of premature births in New York State, but say more needs to be done.
World Prematurity Day was Nov. 17th. Public health advocates are encouraged by a slight reduction in the percentage of premature births in New York State, but say more needs to be done. 

The Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network held a news conference at Wilson Hospital in Johnson City Tuesday. Preliminary numbers show New York's rate fell to 10.7 percent last year, down from a high of 12.4 percent in 2006.

The March of Dimes is urging three preventative steps to lower the rate further. First, make certain all women of child-bearing age have health insurance. Second, discontinue induced deliveries or C-sections before 39 weeks unless medically necessary. And third, discourage smoking by pregnant women. Still, those precautions won't end all premature births.

Hayley Crimmins did everything right but a medical complication forced doctors to deliver her daughter at 30 weeks.

"It was very traumatic for both of us. Definitely a change of life event, especially 10 weeks early. To assume that you have another 10 weeks to go, and then find out you're having a baby that day, is very difficult," said Crimmins.

Crimmins' daughter Cassie was born on September 27th, weighing 3 pounds 2 ounces and is still in the Neonatal ICU at Wilson.
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