Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Health: Family & Parenting

Childbirth and Childcare Series

This series presents helpful and insightful programs that offer parents and parents-to-be important and comforting information about childbirth, childcare and parenting. Series: 8 programs (15 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Premature Infants: Special Care

Premature Infants: Special Care

1st Place Award -HSCMA Festival
A premature infant or preemie is a baby born when a woman's pregnancy lasts fewer than 37 weeks. Premature infants have organs that are not fully developed, meaning the infants need special care until their organ systems have developed enough to sustain life without medical support, a situation that may take weeks to months. This classic program, written and narrated by Dave Iverson, visits Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, and focuses on a few months in the lives of premature infants in its "special care" nursery, now called the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Here we see firsthand how crucial the first days of life are to these infants; we meet the doctors and hospital staff, as well as the parents of the children. Thanks to advances in technology approximately 90% of premature babies from one to two pounds survive and we witness several moving successes; however, as this sensitive documentary also reveals, there are times when some children are born with conditions that are too severe to sustain life. Produced by the Wisconsin Ed. Comm. Board. 00/08DE SCA 30 min.
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