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Bench Donation in Honor of Henry

     The Nathan C. Splant Foundation donated a commemorative bench, made of 400 pounds of recycled plastic caps, in honor of Henry Penegor.  He was the son of Sarah and Eric Penegor, of Schererville.  The Foundation also donated $1,500 to Franciscan Health Crown Point Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where Henry died in 2012 after a premature birth.

     Click on the following link for the details of the newspaper article

https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/premature-children-families-helped-by-foundation/article_e7641bde-65dd-5ae4-bc8e-2027bf80819d.html

    

 

 








 What is Premature Birth, and Why Is It So Dangerous?

     A baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature.  While prematurity might not seem like a life-threatening medical issue, research indicates that it is.  In fact, premature birth is the second leading cause of death among newborns worldwide, after pneumonia.  Dr. Joy Lawn, co-author of the Born Too Soon study, a study on premature birth trends worldwide, had this to say:  “Being born to soon is an unrecognized killer. There has been much progress in pneumonia [treatment and prevention], but preterm birth has not been on anyone’s ‘to do’ list.”

     Preterm birth can cause many different kinds of life-threatening complications for newborns. Respiratory issues like apnea are common among premature babies; so are heart and brain development issues, jaundice, anemia, and infection.

     Those babies who do survive premature birth are at greater risk for developing long-term, permanent complications as a result of being born too early. Those complications include permanent vision and hearing loss, chronic lung problems, cerebral palsy, and autism.


Who is Affected By Premature Birth?

    Premature birth is a global epidemic, according to new research.  It reflects pregnant mothers of every color and creed, in every county around the world.  Both underdeveloped and developed nations are at risk.

     While women in every country around the world are at risk for preterm birth, the rates of newborn survival after premature birth vary greatly from country to country. In developed nations, like the United States, for example, only about 10% of premature babies die as a result of their preterm birth. In underdeveloped nations, however, the rates can be much higher — as high as 90%. 

     This huge difference is a result of unequal access to quality medical care; babies born in developed nations are more likely to have higher quality medical care, while babies born in developing nations don’t. Those babies are far more likely to die of infection and malnutrition.


What Causes Premature Birth?

     The answer to this question isn’t as straightforward as you might think. Truth is, it depends on where you live.  In underdeveloped countries, premature birth is often caused by infection and disease. In developed nations, however, the causes are radically different. In developed countries like the U.S., preterm birth has been linked to obesity, by older age in mothers, and by pregnancy with multiples due to fertility treatments.

     Some risk factors depend on a mother’s location; others don’t. Stress, for example, crosses geographic and socioeconomic lines, and high levels of stress put a mother at risk for preterm delivery.

     Overall, factors that contribute to premature birth include:

  • Smoking during pregnancy
  • Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Poor prenatal care
  • Poor nutrition
  • Physical abnormalities of uterus
  • Pregnancy with multiples
  • High stress levels
  • Obesity and obesity-related conditions (high blood pressure)
  • Being underweight
  • Diabetes
  • Multiple miscarriages or abortions
  • Increased age of mother
  • Infection
  • Social factors related to mother (poverty, lack of education, etc.)
  • Early Cesarean sections






On January 3rd, the Foundation made a $2,500 donation to Community Hospital's NICU to provide Halo Sleepsacks for those born too early and too small.  "We are forever grateful to Community Hospital and all they do for premature babies and families" said Phil Splant.  The Foundation looks forward to many more years of giving back.



Our visit to the NICU also included Nathan's 10th year birthday celebration (born January 10th, 2004) with the nurses and doctors.



Here is the link to the newspaper article published in the Times  http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/munster/foundation-helps-community-hospital-give-preemies-a-fighting-chance/article_d0f27ec1-81ed-50fc-ad81-553066e92fd9.html


 

 

 

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