Complications of Prematurity

A birth that takes place prior to the start of the 37th week of pregnancy is considered to be premature and puts the newborn at risk for serious medical complications. The risk of complication becomes significantly higher the earlier the baby is born. Immediate complications of premature birth can include low body temperature, difficulty breathing, lack of responsiveness, and undeveloped features. Long-term complications can include cerebral palsy, impaired learning ability, problems with vision, hearing, and dental, chronic health issues, and behavioral/psychological problems.