What is the earliest gestational age you have seen survive?
I ask this question because a co-worker told a high risk mom who is currently 19 wks that she only has to make it another week for the baby to be viable. This co-worker insists that her own child was born at 20 weeks and is just fine today. I work in a prison now, but when I worked in a hospital, I don't think NICU even went on the delivery of a 20 weeker. I am not thrilled that my co-worker is telling this mom that if she delivers next week her baby could possibly survive...especially right after I told the mom something different when she asked me how early a baby could survive.
Have any of you ever seen a 20 weeker survive?
Quote from TiffyRN
Absolutely possible. My husband (also NICU nurse) admitted an infant that by mom's dates was 24 weeks (so of course everyone was geared up for quite the difficult & extensive admission). When the infant came out at 1800 grams and screaming vigorously the MD was happy to inform the mother that though her infant was premature and would be admitted the MD felt the hospitalization would not be long as she estimated the infant's gestational age at 34 weeks. The mom then looked at the "dad" and started yelling, "no, 24 weeks, 24 weeks!!!". Apparently dad had not been back from service in the middle east 34 weeks ago.
yup.....or since this one was apparently a fair bit in the past....just not "post wedding date" enough, lol.
Last edit by morte on Apr 13, '10