Whats the youngest baby you've seen survive???

  1. I have a friend here at work, him and his wife lost their baby on Monday night. She was 31 weeks along. I don't know the details of what happened yet. But I'm just curious, whats the youngest baby you've seen survive. I'm 21 weeks along, my second pregnancy and I feel like I keep hearing horror stories of people delivering early and baby not making it.

    Any input would be great. If you have a story to share please do.... Thanks

    jen
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  3. by   NICU_Nurse
    The youngest possible, physically, is about 23 weeks. Any earlier than that and the organs just are NOT developed enough for the baby to be viable at all. Even 23 weekers, though, need tremendous intervention and many (not all, but I'd guess that a good majority of them) suffer long-term developmental and physical disabilities. At that point, even a single day can make a huge difference in their outcome. Please don't fret over the horror stories other people tell you- this board is perhaps not the best place for a pregnant mom to be! Try to stay calm, stress-free, and please take care of yourself. I hope everything goes well for you and that you deliver a healthy baby! Congratulations!
  4. by   SHELLYBELLYRN
    Well, I'm not an OB/NICU nurse, but my friend delivered at 26 weeks and has a beautiful 2-year-old now. Only lasting complication is some trouble with her vision. She had several eye surgeries when still in NICU. Now she just wears glasses. Very lucky little girl!
  5. by   AlaskaKat
    I am also about 21 weeks along with my 2nd, and as with my first am entering my least favorite part of pregnancy. Being an ex NICU nurse and currently in L&D I have seen too many problems with really early babies. I will sigh a breath of relief when I hit 28 weeks. But, to answer the question I have seen 23 weekers survive but have also seen 23 weekers not survive. The ones that do that young almost always have long term complications. There is the occasional miracle baby" that is that young and makes it through unscathed. Congratulations!
  6. by   RN2B2005
    A couple that my husband and I know socially had twin boys delivered at 23 weeks due to placenta abruptio. The boys weighed 1 lb. 11 oz. and 1 lb. 3 oz., which is positively insane.

    They were in the NICU for about four months, and then went home. They both had some bleeding in the brain, but had lots of physical therapy and other intervention. One twin is legally blind, but besides that, no mental deficits are apparent, and they're approaching 4 years old now. They're wonderful, happy, playful boys.
  7. by   KRVRN
    The difference between 23, 24 and 25 weeks is amazing, don't you guys think?
  8. by   DeniseLDRN
    Hi there to all!


    I am a mother of twin boys that were born at 28 weeks gestation and they are doing just fine, other than some behavior problems and learning disabilities. I was always under the impression that babies born at 21-24 week would not survive, or would be severely disabled. This year I joined a parent support group called PREEMIE CHILD, and I was very shocked to find out how many 21-25 weekers there were, and that they were not disabled at all. I know of 3-4 people in our support group that have children that were born at 21-22 weeks, and they are doing just fine.




    Respectfully
    Deniseldrn
  9. by   CraftyLPN
    i work w/ pair of twins who were born about 23 weks early... I think g'ma said they weighed about 1lb 5oz.........wow you should see them now.so big....
  10. by   Cheerio
    24wks is the youngest I've heard of. He's now doing wonderful.
  11. by   emily_mom
    The earliest I've seen is 23 wk 1 day. My twin nephews were born at 28 weeks. Ben was 3 lb 2 oz and Sam was 2 lb 7 oz. They stayed in NICU for 6 weeks and seem to be OK (they are 16 months). They say some words but were late to walk. Love them to death...

    Kristy
  12. by   KRVRN
    DeniseLDRN,

    The 21 week babies were probably 23+ weekers who's mom's were off on the dates. 21 weeks can't survive. Unless I'm mistaken, they don't even have alveoli.
  13. by   Texagain
    My specialty hospital has had about three 22+ week survivors. They are not 'healthy' babies. I myself have a boy who was 23.5 weeks, 1 1/2 lbs., now 5 without any deficits. We were VERY fortunate.
  14. by   jdomep
    I have a very good friend who had her little boy at 23weeks 1lb - 1oz and "C" is 3 now and is as normal as my little 3yo (though doesn't tend to do well when he gets a bad cold - usually ends up with low O2 sats and needs some O2 therapy about once a year) He is indeed a miracle!

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