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June 18, 2007


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Just a friendly FYI- girl preemies have a better survival rate because female fetuses develop at a slightly higher pace than their male counterparts. Incidentally, African-American fetuses develop faster than their Caucasian counterparts.


http://www.twincities.com/ci_6156950?source=most_emailedI came across this relatively balanced news article regarding reduction. Just wanted to share. If you can't read the whole link, let me know and I can email it to you.J


No one knows WHY female fetuses develop faster, African-American preemies do better on average, etc. There are theories about the effect of the Y chromosome, but ???I would think the prognosis is miserable for the remaining babies. It's heartbreaking, really, and I'm sure the parents are second-guessing all their choices. When they can surface from the NICU undertow.Sigh.

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