Rotunda’s pre-terms survival rate ‘remains extremely high’

Survival rate of premature babies born in Rotunda Hospital in 2019 at 98 per cent

The latest annual report of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin published today, shows 98 per cent of babies born premature at 28 weeks or later in the hospital last year survived.

The figures from the 2019 Annual Report have been announced to coincide with World Prematurity Day (November 17).

“To coincide with World Prematurity Day, I am delighted to announce the survival rate for babies born at 28 weeks or later has remained extremely high at 98 per cent,” said Prof Fergal Malone, Master of the Rotunda Hospital.

“Survival rates for premature infants have increased in recent years due to continued advances in obstetric care and the quality of neonatal management, resulting in more families than ever having healthy surviving premature babies.

“We hope that the figures will offer hope to new parents of pre-term babies, particularly those that have spent time in the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) had shown resilience and understanding this year as the hospital had to implement strict measures to reduce the potential spread of infection in the confined space.

Prof Malone added that the Rotunda recognised the important role of parents in the care of premature infants, for infant bonding, wellbeing, and development.

“Thankfully, we no longer have time limitations on parents being with their premature children and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.”

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the World Prematurity Day celebrations this year are to take place virtually.

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