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what is the earliest you can go into labor and still have a

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what is the earliest you can go into labor and still have a healthy baby?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  khagihara replied 6 years ago.
I would say 34 weeks. They may need to be in the hospital for a while to observe whether or not the baby is OK. Most early babies develop jaundice and need to be treated.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
what about at 19 weeks is that possible?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
is it possible to go into labor at 19 weeks and the baby still be okay?
Expert:  khagihara replied 6 years ago.
I am very sorry to say, but have to say the baby will not be able to survive at 19 weeks.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
at what week can the baby survive if born early?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
at what week can the baby survive if born early?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
at what week can the baby survive if born early ?
Expert:  khagihara replied 6 years ago.

Strictly speaking, most doctors define the age of viability as being about 24 weeks of gestation. In many hospitals, 24 weeks is the cutoff point for when doctors will use intensive medical intervention to attempt to save the life of a baby born prematurely. A baby born at 24 weeks would generally require a lot of intervention, potentially including mechanical ventilation and other invasive treatments followed by a lengthy stay in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

In the hands of experienced specialists, though, babies born slightly earlier may have a chance at survival. Babies born at 23 weeks may survive with these specialists in a state-of-the-art NICU, but the odds of survival are much lower. The earliest baby to have ever survived premature birth was born at 21 weeks and 6 days, and this was reported in the news as having been a "miracle."

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