Premature birth rate on the rise in Turkey
Trakya University (TU) Faculty of Medicine Department of Child Health Lecturer Prof. Dr. Betül Acunaş said that 15 out of every 100 babies in Turkey are born prematurely.
Children born prematurely and lead a healthy life, their families and healthcare professionals attended the event held at Trakya University (TU) Medical Faculty Hospital, Department of Child Health, on the occasion of World Prematurity Day.
prof. Dr. In his speech here, Acunaş stated that babies born before 37 weeks of gestation are defined as premature, and that the earlier the baby is born, the more the problems increase.
Acunaş stated that World Prematurity Day is an important awareness day in terms of premature births and understanding the next process.
Stating that premature babies cling to life after a very difficult and grueling process, Acunaş said, "The aim of all of us is to keep these babies alive and to ensure that they live without any problems. Problems are not few, they are going through very difficult processes. I congratulate the health workers who put a lot of effort in this process." said.
Stating that the rate of preterm birth has increased, Acunaş said:
"In Turkey, 15 out of every 100 babies are born prematurely, and this rate is increasing gradually. It was around 11 percent, today it has increased to 15 percent. Because techniques such as assisted reproduction techniques and in vitro fertilization are increasing. Currently, the most important infant mortality rate is infant mortality. "The reason for this is the problems of premature babies in the first place of newborn deaths. Our life expectancy is 23 weeks, the most risky group is babies born before 32 weeks. If they are born before 30 weeks, the risk increases even more."
prof. Dr. Acunaş added that the existing diseases of the mother increase the risk of premature birth, and smoking during pregnancy increases the probability of premature birth.