Dr. Nordine

Dr. Nordine earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Iowa in 2001. He completed residency training in pediatrics at the University of Iowa in 2004 and fellowship training in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Minnesota in 2007. He has American Board of Pediatrics certifications in general pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. Dr. Nordine serves as the St. Luke's NICU Director of Quality Improvement and chairs the NICU Evidence-based Practice Committee.


Dr. Nordine earned a Master of Science degree in health informatics from the University of Minnesota under a National Library of Medicine training grant. He is a member of several information technology committees at St. Luke's and the UnityPoint Health. Dr. Nordine is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Health Information Management Systems Society, the American Medical Informatics Association, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science.

Causes of premature birth

July 17, 2015

What is premature birth? Premature birth is any birth occurring before 37 weeks' completed gestation. Why is premature birth a problem? Premature birth is primarily a problem because life-sustaining functions of the premature infant's body are not yet "ready" to support life outside the mother. Premature infants often cannot eat by mouth, maintain their own body temperature, fight-off infection, or even breathe adequately on their own. The more premature an infant, the more severe these problems can be.