This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Sarah Taylor about the special nutritional needs of premature babies and the S.C. Mother’s Milk Bank Program which helps these infants. Dr. Taylor is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at MUSC.
Health Focus is a production the Medical University of South Carolina in partnership with South Carolina Public Radio.
The number of babies born too early dropped to 11.4 percent of all births in 2013, the best number in 17 years.
But that's still more than 450,000 children being born too early. Those babies face in increased risk of death, and those who survive are more likely to have problems including intellectual disability, vision or hearing loss, cerebral palsy and breathing trouble.