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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.
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.