New normal in neonatology

Collaboration, expertise, and innovation improve outcomes for premature and critically ill infants

A generation ago, it was generally accepted in the medical community that saving a baby born at fewer than 26 weeks’ gestation was highly improbable at best.

Multiple factors influence whether an infant will survive preterm birth or experience future health problems or disabilities, but most doctors and health systems in the U.S. now define the age of viability as being 24 weeks of gestation—a marked improvement over the past three decades.

Neonatology and maternal-fetal medicine teams with University of Iowa Health Care are working to expand the possibilities in neonatal care even further. Read more