With Louisiana failing the state’s preterm birth rate, medical professionals at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lafayette are doing all they can to help save babies’ lives. “Each day we round and we take care of the sickest and smallest babies,” said MEDNAX-affiliated neonatologist, Dr. Amy Zeringue. Dr. Zeringue says the high premature birth rate is a multifactorial issue. “One is quick access to prenatal care is very important, having babies back to back, such as less than 18 months apart puts you at a higher risk for preterm births, as well as having other types of chronic medical problems like diabetes or high blood pressure,” Zeringue said. These are problems they are hoping to combat but for now, they are continuing to treat the region’s premature babies, saving one little life at a time.

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