Low birth weight survival

Survival of low birth weight babies (weighing less than 1,500 grams at birth)

Why we measure it - Overwhelmingly, survival is the first and most important statistic parents and others ask about. We measure survival to make sure we are providing excellent care.

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What this means - From 2010 to 2012, the survival rate for premature infants weighing less than 1,500 grams has steadily increased at Children's Fox Valley Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Survival rates can be impacted by gestational age of the baby.

About the data - The data reflects the survival for low-birth-weight infants at Children's Hospital in Neenah, Wis. The data was collected in accordance with data definitions governed by Vermont Oxford Network (VON). VON is a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of more than 900 NICUs around the world. Its database provides unique, reliable and confidential data about the care and outcomes of high-risk newborns.

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How we provide the best care

  • Our physicians attend high-risk deliveries in the Birth Center at Theda Clark Medical Center.
  • We help educate staff at other area hospitals that refer patients to Children's.

Patient advocacy

  • Be an advocate for your child. Participate in daily bedside clinical discussions, and provide any information about your child that may be helpful to staff.
  • Follow medical instructions fully and carefully. 
  • Ask questions if you don't understand the plan of care or if you are not sure how to care for your child. 
  • Attend any and all follow-up appointments.