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n. Informal
A prematurely born infant.
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pre·term in·fant

(prē'term in'fănt)
An infant with gestational age of fewer than 37 completed weeks (259 completed days).
Synonym(s): preemie, premature infant, premature newborn, preterm newborn.
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, premie (prē′mē) [ prem(ature)]
A colloquial term for a baby born prematurely; a preterm baby.
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"I volunteer in the Club knitting clothes and blankets because it is important both for me and families of preemies. You realize much more importance of this volunteering when you visit the maternity hospital and see those tiny babies there.
(P&G) unveiled its own diaper for premature babies, Pampers Preemie Swaddlers Size P-3, which is three sizes smaller than regular diapers for newborns, enabling it to fit babies born in the second trimester--who often weigh as little as one pound.
Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers are the latest in a portfolio of products designed for the NICU, including Huggies Little Snugglers Micro Preemie Diapers and Huggies Natural Care Extra Sensitive Wipes, the first and only baby wipe developed specifically for premature baby skin.
But these four mothers from Dubai have not let that become a low point in their lives and instead are an inspiration to expectant mothers and those with premature babies (preemies).
Two testimonials, in particular, speak to the difference it can make for parents of preemies:
While pediatricians are able to save preemies with the advancement in the neonatal technology, there is hardly any followup on their health later.
Psychotherapist McDermott-Perez describes steps parents can take at every stage of the preemie experience, including preparing for the possibility a birth will be pre-term, coping strategies for immediately after the birth, understanding the needs of the "unfinished baby," dealing with the unexpected such as jealousy and going home alone, bonding, advocacy, taking the needs of others into consideration, self-empowerment, anxiety and the focus on the future, inspiration and hope, the role of the father, and what to do when all concerned are at the breaking point.
That task--providing night and day care for an average of 17 "preemies"--is one that requires a gifted staff of more than 60 dedicated doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists, as well as many others.
helicopter gunships and F-16 war planes in densely populated areas; demolition of homes in the middle of the night by bulldozers designed and made in the U.S.; massive uprooting of farmers' olive and fruit orchards; children shot for throwing stones at armored tanks; the sudden arbitrary curfews; the cruelty of the checkpoints--sick people, women in labor, refused transport to hospitals, women giving birth there in the open under the eyes of Israeli soldiers, a preemie dying for want of a hospital incubator less than six miles away.
What the women fashion with their careful stitches are infant burial gowns and blankets, preemie day gowns, bonnets, booties and "lovie dolls." But what they actually create is comfort and hope for families in crisis.
And you still haven't answered my initial problem, which is, a preemie baby is born, a pound and a half, and when I say that when this happens in America, your insurance runs out.