Developmentally, a newborn isn't able to fully interact with the
greater world until a few weeks past the
due date. You can see this in the amount of time a
newborn spends sleeping and in the limited vision a full-term infant has at
birth. Slowly, the full-term newborn becomes physiologically able to take in
more and more of the physical world and its sounds, sights, and experiences.
The premature newborn naturally needs even more time after birth to
transition into the world. You can expect that your premature infant will need
to sleep most of the time and that he or she will not spend much or any time
interacting with you. But your presence is important to your infant.
This Thanksgiving has special meaning for Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, and author Marlo Thomas. It’s the 50th anniversary of her family’s fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tenn.
St. Jude began as the dream of Marlo’s father, the late, great funnyman Danny Thomas, in 1957 and has been going strong ever since. Since his death in 1991, Marlo, along with her sister, Terre, and brother, Tony, has been at the forefront of the center’s fundraising.