Preterm babies born to older mothers have better survival rates

A study of more than 12,000 preterm infants found that those who were born to mothers age 40 and older had the highest survival rates. Researchers said at the Canadian Paediatric Society meeting that preterm babies with older mothers had fewer cases of necrotizing enterocolitis and neonatal sepsis than those born prematurely to younger mothers. Though they were unable to say precisely why this was, one researcher said higher socioeconomic status and better prenatal care may be factors.

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