What are the chances of a baby surviving at 25 weeks?
According to information provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield (insurance carrier), the survival rate for a 25 week preemie is between 50-80% and the chance of a permanent disability is 15-25%. At 27 to 29 weeks, survival rates are above 90% and disability rates are less than 10%.
Premature babies born at 22 weeks are more likely to survive outside the womb than previously thought, according to new research. However, according to the study, babies born at 22 weeks had a nearly 25 percent survival rate if actively treated in a hospital.
- James Elgin Gill (born on 20 May 1987 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) was the earliest premature baby in the world, until that record was broken in 2014. He was 128 days premature (21 weeks and 5 days gestation) and weighed 1 pound 6 ounces (624 g). He survived.
- Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight – 1 1/2 pounds – isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn.
- A normal pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. Babies born after only 25 weeks are small and fragile. With intensive medical treatment most babies survive, but some do not. As the chances for babies born this early are pretty good, doctors usually provide intensive treatment and see how the baby responds.
However, most babies born after about 26 weeks' gestation do survive to one year (about 80 percent of those born at 26 weeks and about 90 percent of those born at 27 weeks), although they may face an extended stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
- The Most Common Known Causes of Stillbirths Include: Placental Problems: Women with placental abruption, or a pregnancy-related form of high blood pressure called preeclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension, have twice the risk of abruption or stillbirth as unaffected women.
- What Is the Survival Rate for Micro Preemies?
Birth Week Average Survival Rate 23 weeks 50% to 66% of babies survive 24 weeks 66% to 80% of babies survive 25 weeks 75% to 85% of babies survive 26 weeks More than 90% of babies survive
- Babies born around 28 to 32 weeks are regarded as 'moderately preterm' and usually have a better chance of survival if they are born in a hospital with a specialised Level 3 intensive care nursery. Babies born at around 31 weeks or more have about a 95 percent chance of survival.
Updated: 2nd October 2019