Mounting number of premature and low birth weight babies are an issue of growing concern among the health officials of Calgary.
Premature babies accounted for 9.3 per cent of births in 2004. That’s up from 8 per cent in 1999. Meanwhile, low weight babies accounted for 7.1 per cent of births, up from 6.3 per cent during the same time period.
Scholars from all over the world will congregate in Calgary for a conference in May to help determine why this is happening and how to rein in the problem of giving birth to smaller and premature babies.
According to Suzanne Tough, who wrote a report on the issue for the Calgary Health Region asserted that women here are waiting longer to become mothers and hence this might lead to the aforesaid problem.