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Premature Babies, Brain Injuries and Cerebral Palsy

Birth injuries can uncover a medical mistake that was likely the cause of a preventable traumatic experience to a mom, an unborn fetus, or a newborn. This is especially true in early deliveries that could have been prevented with closer obstetric care and caution. Your baby may have been premature if born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy, while an expected, healthy pregnancy should last approximately 40 weeks.

  • Researchers from the Society for Neurosciencesay more than 60,000 babies are born early, weighing less than 3.3 pounds each year.

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Black Infant Mortality Rate Has Remained Unchanged Since 2008

Each year in Illinois, approximately 145,000 live-born infants, and 950 infants die before their first birthday. While the overall infant mortality rate for Illinois infants decreased almost 25% between 2000 and 2018, approximately two-thirds of all infant deaths still occurred during the neonatal period and disproportionally impacted Black babies.

  • Infant mortality: the death of an infant before their first birthday
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