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Can a baby survive at 23 weeks gestational age?

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Asked by snicker26 at 11:45 PM on Mar. 15, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • When my son was in the NICU there was a baby who was born at 22 weeks and going home at 38 weeks :) I'm sure it was rough but she made it!

    Answer by Heidikans at 11:47 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • its a struggle but yes it can happen!

    Answer by MamaSusieQ045 at 11:49 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • i am not sure but i would ask a doctor

    Answer by 080583heather at 11:49 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • my nephew fit palm of my brothers hands at not even in 4month jimmy was born it was long road for our family alot praying
    with god blessing jimmy made it at 38yrs old and father himself
    yes it can happen has many times over with love god and the family child can move mountains wow how great is that

    Answer by dutchcanadain at 11:59 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • These days there is always something that improves and manages to help save a life. I do believe anything is possible. A friend of mine was born at only 6 months along and was a twin. She managed to survive, but her twin didn't. This was back in the '60's. She only weighed 1 lb. 10 oz.

    Answer by amessageofhope at 11:59 PM on Mar. 15, 2011

  • It really depends on the reason for the prematurity, (like, was it a problem with the baby itself, or the mom) & the level of medical care available & how quickly it is administered. Our daughter was born at 23 weeks. She weighed 1.5 pounds & was 13". She was given only a 40% chance of surviving, & we were given a long list of possible complications of prematurity that could threaten her survival, or interfere with her ability to live a normal life. She did amazingly well & was released from the hospital a month & 1/2 earlier than expected, weighing 3 pounds 14oz., because she was doing so well & didn't need any medical support at that point. This isn't the norm, & the doctor's all say she's a miracle.

    Answer by ghostwriter777 at 12:23 AM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Yes, I have a friend whose little girl was born at 23 weeks, actually. She only weighed a little over a lb, but she's now a healthy 8 year old! :)

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 12:36 AM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • There is no sharp limit of development, age, or weight at which a fetus automatically becomes viable.

    According to data years 2003-2005, 20 to 35 percent of babies born at 23 weeks of gestation survive.

    Babies born at 23 weeks may survive with these specialists in a state-of-the-art NICU, but the odds of survival are much lower. The earliest baby to have ever survived premature birth was born at 21 weeks and 6 days, and this was reported in the news as having been a "miracle."

    In babies born before 26 weeks, only 20% will have no long-term problems. About 34% will have a mild disability, such as cognitive impairment or near-sightedness. Another 24% will have a moderate disability, such as visual/hearing impairment or cerebral palsy with the ability to walk. Finally, 22% will have a severe disability, such as cerebral palsy and no ability to walk, blindness or profound deafness.

    Good luck on whatever it is <3

    Answer by RiaChristine at 2:32 AM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • I developed pre-eclampsia and they were desperate to keep her in until at least 24 weeks. She was born at 24 and is now a normal healthy girl, not underweight, no problems. She spent 5 months in hospital though. It wasn't an easy ride and we had some problems down the line but no serious ones. There was a baby in the inc next to ours who was born at 22 and a half, she made it too, the only problem she has is her little fingers don't bend properly, that's it. I don't see that as a problem either! So anything's possible with medicine these days.

    Answer by kayalouise at 5:54 AM on Mar. 16, 2011

  • Yes, there have been babies born that young that have survived. The earlier they are, typically, the lower the chances are, and it does depend on what, if any, medical issues baby has from being born so early. It's VERY likely that a baby born at 23 weeks will spend a good portion of their first year in the NICU.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:00 PM on Mar. 16, 2011

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