Cassidy Leja Epilogue 1 Tamera was born almost 4 months early. Why was the fact that she was born alive so surprising? Can you discuss her birth in terms of “the age of viability”? According from the text, “Very-low-birthweight babies are in grave danger from the moment they are born, due to the immaturity of their organ systems.” Since the 1980s our medical practices have been advanced and normally a 22-week fetus to 4 months earlier wouldn’t survive. Also according to the text a baby born earlier than 25 weeks has less than 50 -50 survival rates, that is why it was surprising to see the infant alive. What procedures and activities were most likely set into motion immediately after Tamera’s birth? When infants are born too little too soon, they are most likely monitored and placed in a incubator which is a controlled environment for the infant and sometimes babies even need oxygen. Also according the text, infants can be placed on the mother or father offering skin to skin which has health benefits. Massaging infants’ multiple times a day helps release hormones to help the baby grow.
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