Cutting-edge science & challenges of premature babies

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A premature baby in the hospital. (Photo by Denis Devine/WHYY)

Hour 2

The science and stories of premature babies, viable ever-earlier thanks to advances in medicine and technology but with medical challenges testing the limits of neonatology. Dr. ADAM WOLFBERG knows about these challenges intimately – he’s the father of a daughter born three months prematurely. He’s also a Tufts Medical Center obstetrician. In his new book, “Fragile Beginnings: Discoveries and Triumphs in the Newborn ICU,” Dr. Wolfberg mingles his personal story with the astounding history of advances in neonatal medical care, and understanding the brain’s ability to adapt to injury. We’ll also be joined by Dr. PHYLLIS DENNERY, chief of the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Service at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

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