WIMLINGTON, NC (WECT) - Half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States each year, which is an increase of over 30 percent during the last 25 years.
The good news is more pre-term babies are surviving, and many in our area have a great chance thanks to The Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital at NHRMC.
The hospital opened in September 2008 and offers complete care for women and children in a family centered environment.
It provides premature or critically ill newborns access to the medical center's highly skilled neonatal team.
Coti Morgan's water broke early and was put on bed rest at the Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital.
"Being on bed rest is mind challenging - very mind challenging, but it was all worth it when he come out," said Coti. "This hospital is amazing. As far as nurse wise and then the NICU, they are, they are really good."
The key to success in the hospital is constant communication. The nursing staff is available all hours of the day to provide for both baby and mother.
According to Dr. Sheri Carroll, moms are included every step of the way.
"As soon as moms discharged, there's a room a bed that can be pulled out in the room they can stay any time that they want to and I think that's feeling like they still have control in the closeness their child and its very reassuring," said Carroll.
The nurses found that the best way to help the baby is through family.