"Previously, outcomes were tracked through neonatal clinics, usually ending at discharge between 18 months and 24 months. New studies are now following preemies into their school years, and as it turns out, the long term effects of even mild prematurity (34 weeks plus) can sometimes not rear their ugly heads till kindergarden and beyond."
My kids were only in the NICU eight days, but there were clearly two types of people in there. There were people who had multiples and had early births for that reason alone, then there were the crackheads and druggies and people on the low end of the socioeconomic ladder, who didn't obtain proper prenantal care. When tracking statistics from prematurity, one doesn't divide the groups and track the ones from just multiple births, who then grow up in a nuturing environment, with the competition of having same-aged siblings driving them to succeed and parents who are involved.
I can tell you that the longterm look of prematurity with the triplets in my city is fantastic. Because s/r isn't pushed in my city, we have a very very very large group of women with them. I was with 11 other triplet moms for dinner last Thursday. I had five sets of triplets at my children's fifth birhtday party a couple weeks ago. I have a set of triplets with my kids in gym. There's another set of triplets in my singleton's preschool class.
All of our kids are thriving. I know what the face of prematurity for these kids looks like long term and it looks good. They are all growing up in homes with stay-at-home moms, who are ultra-involved. My own children are so far ahead of the kindergarten curriculum, I'm stumped as to what to do with them next year. I have one reading at a first grade level! We have another lady in our group with 9 year old triplets, and they tested in to a highly academic private school and they are all succeeding.
I noticed, while I was here, that nobody on this board gives any advice for NOT reducing. Why is that? If this is a place for people to come who are facing selective reduction and don't know what to do, why isn't there anyone here telling the other side of the story? By reading the posts on here, you would think that this is your only option.
Or is the intent of this board to tell people how to reduce only? Is that the intent?