What is the survival rate for a preemie at 24 weeks?
I am sorry to hear that you and your wife are going through this. There are so many unknowns in pregnancy, and preterm labor just amplifies those stresses. The outcome of preterm birth depends on several factors. Since your wife is in the hospital already, I am guessing that she has probably received treatment with corticosteroids to accelerate maturation of the baby’s lungs. You can only get steroids when there is warning of preterm birth, and the baby doesn’t come too quickly. So that is a good thing. Another factor that determines outcome is where the baby is born. Newborn intensive care units (NICU) vary in their results, and for a baby as early as 24 weeks, you want the most skilled and experienced team. At 24 weeks, survival is about 50 percent; by 28 weeks it is up to over 80 percent. Many (but by no means all) of these very small survivors have long-term neurological issues. As time passes, the likelihood of a good outcome for your baby will improve rapidly. On average, girls d