Prematurity Day records the presence of scores of Parents, who had premature babies, in Chennai. They tell about their children and how they dealt with various issues in order to lead a healthy life.
Neonatalogist Deepa Hariharan tries to give answers to questions raised by families and parents regarding pregnancy, through her book “Best Neonatal Practices of India”. She said treatment for premature babies starts from the minute they are born.
“The first minute is called the golden minute and the first hour is golden hour. It is extremely essential that the baby receives immediate care since they are prone to so many infections within the hospital itself like sepsis,” she explained.
She also told the baby undergoes the treatment having intensity that can be compared to the treatment of cancer or even heart valve diseases.
Presently, India registers itself among the 10 countries that contribute to 60 per cent of world's premature births. According to the National Neonatal Forum of India and the Indian Foundation of Premature babies, 25 per cent of all neonatal deaths in the world occur in India.
Deepa Hariharan tells many reasons behind pre mature births. She says that some mothers want to give a pre mature birth to their baby for the sake of astrology or for having a unique birth date for their baby and in some cases mothers go into labour within 37 weeks due to gestational diabetes, hypertension, and mainly, stress. “The stress can be from their jobs or family or even because of the pregnancy.”