Premature babies born in New Zealand have a better chance to “survive and thrive” than in many other countries around the world, a study shows.
In the first research of its kind, researchers are using Statistics NZ’s integrated data to understand more about the lives of New Zealand’s premature babies.
Using the linked, anonymous data, researchers can trace the outcomes of hundreds of thousands of children born in the country from 1998 through to 2015. The data can cover different areas such as health and education, over the course of their life.
Dr Max Berry, a neonatologist at Wellington Hospital, and her team found that even for babies born right at the “cusp of survivability”, there is hope.
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“We can tell parents that their baby, even those born around 500 grams at 24 weeks gestation, has a good chance of survival and leading a healthy life, and doing well at school,” said Berry.
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