Amillia 10 ounces (283 g) - Florida - October 24th, 2006
|Amillia Taylor is often reported as the most-premature baby, at 21 weeks and 6 days. This report has created some confusion as her age was measured from a date of conception (through IVF) rather than the date of her mother's last menstrual period making her appear 2 weeks younger than if her age was calculated by the more common gestation method. She was born on 24 October 2006 in Miami, Florida, at 23 weeks and 6 days gestation.|
Amillia Sonja Taylor was just 9.5 inches (24.13 centimeters) long and weighed less than 10 ounces (283 grams) when she was born Oct. 24. She was delivered after just under 24 weeks of pregnancy.
When she was born amazing photos of Amillia alongside a ballpoint pen showed the world just how small she really was.
Her parents named her Amillia - which means resilient in Latin, a fighter and hardworking - to reflect her survival against the odds. Her tiny lungs were strained, she needed supplemental oxygen. There were heart problems and blood pressure issues and a mild brain hemorrhage. For six weeks her mom, whose scheduled due date was not until March, was not allowed to hold her.
Having tried for more than a decade to have a child, she is the first child for Eddie (45) and Sonja Taylor (35) of Homestead. Amillia was delivered at just 23 weeks and six days. She was delivered by Caesarean section and at 4 months weighed 4.5 pounds (2 kg) and just over 15.5 inches (39.5 cm) long.
Amillia was released from hospital in February 2007 (see right). The little girl spent four months in the neonatal intensive care unit. She was conceived in vitro and has been in an incubator since birth. She has received oxygen and will continue to get a small amount even after she goes home.
UPDATE: 20.Feb.2007 - Amillia goes home
The cost of her medical treatment at the Baptist Children's Hospital is likely to be more than $1 million - the tab picked up by Mr Taylor's health insurance company.
About a hundred family members, friends, doctors, nurses and care providers gathered for a birthday party, where the miracle of her birth and the prayer-fueled, financially draining medical feat that has been the first year of her life were celebrated.
UPDATE: 24.Oct.2007 - The Florida "preemie" baby Amillia has turned One
The first year has been challenging for the Taylor family, Amillia's arrival put tremendous stress on them. There were the daily doctor visits; Amillia had to be kept in extremely sanitary conditions and fed every four hours. The parents had to administer a dozen medications to the little girl daily.
In the last two weeks, she had a growth spurt, growing 2 and a half inches (8 cm), her mom said. Although she is still a few pounds underweight, Amillia is healthy, down to one medication a day for her heartburn, she suffers from reflux, and one doctors visit a month. On Saturday, she sprouted her first tooth.
Because Amillia couldn't be exposed to crowds, the family couldn't attend church or social events. In the last week, Amillia got her clearance to be in crowds. On Sunday, the whole family will attend services at their church.
Amillia at 18 months, is finally the size of a new-born, now a healthy 7 lb (3.1 kg) and has doubled in size. Little Amillia is happily thriving, has beaten all the odds to survive, and is a picture of health.
And some more great news - Amillia's mom is pregnant again, due Christmas 2008! After a further course of IVF treatment and to prevent another premature labour, she is already on bed rest.
The world's smallest premature baby ever is celebrating a very special birthday. Amillia Taylor, born at just 23 weeks and weighing only 10 ounces, turned 2 years old. Baby Amillia now weighs a healthy 26 pounds (11.8kg) and is 27 inches tall (70cm). Amillia is also taking steps in their Homestead home and sounding out her few words and developmentally progressing very well.
UPDATE: 24.Oct.2008 - Amillia Taylor Turns Two.
Update 8.Dec.2008: Unconfirmed news, mum, Sonja Taylor gave birth to a baby girl this week.
Small babies - Low Birth Weight (LBW) or (SGA)
Small for gestational age (SGA) babies are those whose birth weight lies below the 10th percentile for that gestational age. Low birth weight (LBW), is sometimes used to define a baby that weighs less than 5 lb 8 oz (2500 g) regardless of gestational age. One third of babies born with a low birth weight are also small for gestational age.
Other definitions include Very Low Birth Weight (VLBW) which is less than 3 lb 5 oz (1500 g), and Extremely Low Birth Weight (ELBW) which is less than 2 lb 3 oz (1000 g).
About 10 percent of fetuses are low birth weight. A health care provider may suspect fetal growth restriction if the mother's uterus measurement (fundal height) is lower than expected. This can be confirmed with a series of ultrasounds that will monitor how quickly the fetus is growing.
The main causes for Low Birth Weight:
The two main causes of LBW are early delivery, also known as preterm birth, and poor fetal growth. About 70% of all LBW babies are born preterm - before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy. The remaining 30% of low birth weight babies are born at full term, but did not grow properly in the womb.
More Information on...
Some of the world's lowest birth weight babies
In the table below are some of the many Low Birth Weight babies born around the world. These tiny babies when born; many weeks premature, weighed less than a can of soda.