Health Watch

Health Watch

 
text size

High number of Escambia Co babies born with low birth weight

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:54 PM CDT
ESCAMBIA COUNTY   --  There are a high number of babies being born with a low birth weight throughout Northwest Florida.

That means they weigh less than than 5 pounds, 8 ounces.
Some low birthweight babies are healthy, even though they're small.
   
But being low birthweight can cause serious health problems for some babies.
   
One week after delivery, most mothers are home trying to adjust to their new lifestyle but not Cindy and Baby Logan.

Baby Logan weighs 3 pounds- 12.8 ounces and is hooked up to wires and devices with alarms.   It's their frightening reality.

Cindy Weeks -Mother
"It breaks my heart to leave him."
Cindy Weeks must care for her baby boy from the Intensive Care Nursery at Sacred Heart Hospital.

"I pretty much camp out here. I might leave to get something to eat but I stay with him."
It's been an emotional and stressful 12 days.   But today Baby Logan and mom can celebrate a major accomplishment.

"He's getting his 'NG' tube which is his feeding tube removed today. I'm thrilled this is a big hurdle that we have overcome."

At 40 years old, Cindy Weeks says she and her husband began trying to get pregnant. Nine years  and 3 in vitro fertilization treatments later they got their little blessing.

Logan was born premature and underweight. Something that can prove dangerous.
Cindy believes her older age played a role in Logans birth weight.

Dr. Bill Dobak- Maternal, Fetal Medicine Specialist- Sacred Heart Hospital
"Smoking, drug use are risk factors and the others are personal medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney issues."

Dr. Bill Dobak says prenatal visits and attention to nutrition can help but he and other doctors must do whatever it takes to help these little ones- who are clinging to life.

"How do we give everyone the best start to life so that they have fewer hurdles to cross later in life."

In the coming days Cindy Weeks believes she'll be able to take home her baby boy.  She's determined to see her son live a healthy and fulfilling life.

"Our family is big sports fans so we are into Southern Mississippi football. We want to see him excel and do well in sports."

A lifetime of challenges but Cindy says she's confident Baby Logan will grow up to be big and strong. 

For more information on low birth weight or for other Health Watch stories head over to weartv.com and click on Health Watch.
   
You'll find that under the health tab at the top of the page.
High number of Escambia Co babies born with low birth weight


Advertise with us!

Related Stories

ABC National Health News

Warm Water Sparks Flesh-Eating Disease Warning in Florida
Florida health officials are warning beachgoers about a seawater bacterium that can invade cuts and scrapes and cause flesh-eating disease.
Why 6 Seconds of Exercise Can Be as Worthwhile as 90 Minutes
When it comes to exercise, even a little can go a long way.
Doctors Battling Ebola Are Met With Fear, Mistrust
Doctors Struggle To Contain Ebola Outbreak
Top Sierra Leone Doctor Dies of Ebola
Dr. Shek Umar contracted the virus while helping others.
Ebola, Spreading in Africa, Could Land in US
An Ebola outbreak that has killed at least 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could land in the U.S., health officials said.
Fist Bumps Less Germy Than Handshakes, Study Says
Maybe athletes and President Obama are on to something.
What We Don’t Know About Lethal Injection Drugs
Drug doses and suppliers are sometimes kept secret, experts say.
Fear of Flying Amplified by Flurry of Air Disasters
Experts say flying can be 'perfect storm' for phobias.
Cards, and Love, Keep Pouring In for Little Boy Battling Cancer
Over 15,000 cards have been mailed to Danny Nickerson, the five-year-old battling cancer who is turning six tomorrow.
Report Raises Safety Questions on Popular Blood Thinner
Pradaxa has been linked to bleeding complications.
'Hero' Doctor Battling Ebola Spotlights Selflessness During Outbreak
The news that a doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone has contracted the infection spotlights the selfless work of health care workers on the front lines of the outbreak.
Why It was Easier to Sleep in the Stone Age
You might sleep better on a “Stone Age� settlement, researchers say.
5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet
You might want to rethink that backyard beer.
Baby Who Can't Open Mouth Celebrates First Birthday
Baby Wyatt still can't open his mouth despite WhatsWrongWithWyatt.com responses.
Sierra Leone Doctor Fighting Ebola Catches Disease
Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan has been called a national hero.
How 'NY Med' Neurosurgeon Prepares Patients for 'New Me'
By Philip Stieg, PhD, MD As chief of neurosurgery at a major teaching hospital, I am used to being observed — I always have students and residents watching me. Teaching is something I love to do, and nothing is more rewarding than mentoring the next...
Which Diet Gives the Best Bang for Your Buck?
A new study reveals how to lose more weight for less cash.
Cancer Lessons I Learned From a Fictional Teenage Boy
That love scene from "The Fault in Our Stars" is so intense.
How Hotter Summers Are Putting Swimmers at Risk
As families flock to pools and lakes to cool off, experts are warning about a risky consequence of climate change: waterborne disease.
Watch: NCAA Settles Class-Action Head Injury Lawsuit
The NCAA will create a $70 million fund to diagnose athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma while playing contact sports.
Watch: American Doctor Undergoing Treatment After Testing Positive for Ebola
Dr. Kent Brantly came into contact with the deadly virus while treating Ebola patients in Liberia.
Watch: Sierra Leone's Chief Ebola Doctor Catches the Virus
The latest victim in the fight against the deadly virus in West Africa is the man leading the fight.
11 Foods That Make You Hungrier
Feeling hungry? You should eat. But what if the foods you're eating actually make you hungrier than you were before you dug in? It's a more common conundrum than you might think.
8 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Right Now
From adding an extra ingredient to your smoothie to watching a funny YouTube video, you can fan your metabolism's flames in just minutes a day by adopting these research-backed habits.
14 Ways to Fight Hair Loss
Just because thinning is natural doesn't mean you have to accept it.
7 Subtle Signs You’re Drinking Too Much
How can you tell if you’re developing a problem? Not all the clues are the same for all people, but here are common signs you could be headed for trouble—and how to turn it around.
 

Enrollment for healthcare exchanges as part of healthcare reform begins October 1 in states where exchanges will be set up. Expect special reports each week from us about what you need to know about 'Obamacare' and the ongoing political fight about its future.

To Learn More About Health Care Reform, Click Here

Navigation

Sacred Heart Health System - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cardiology - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cancer Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Orthopedics - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vein Institute - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
The Endoscopy Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vascular & Interventional - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Stand Up Open MRI - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Advertise with us!

Tonight on ABC 3

06:30PM Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
07:00PM The Middle
07:30PM The Goldbergs
08:00PM Modern Family
08:31PM The Goldbergs
09:00PM Motive
10:00PM Channel 3 News

Complete ABC 3 Schedule