1 Pound Premature Baby Beats Odds

| by Daniel Rivera
Baby Sophia.Baby Sophia.

A premature baby girl weighing 1 pound has defied the odds and continues to thrive.

Sophia Reynolds was born on Aug. 15 when her mother, Valerie Reynolds, arrived at an Ohio hospital nearly six moths pregnant, according to the Daily Mail.

"The second day after she was born they actually let me hold her when she was only 1 pound, 2 ounces," her mother said.

Sophia was only 23 weeks old when she was born, and is one of the smallest babies treated at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Treatment using Kangaroo Care, a care method where parents hold the baby skin-to-skin, increased the baby's chances of survival, according to one of Sophia's doctors, Dr. Edward Shepard.

"We actually take the baby and put them directly on mom or dad's chest skin to skin as long as they can tolerate it and it turns out that if you do that the babies get better faster and that's great for the parents," Shepard said.

She now weighs 3 pounds and is kept in an incubator to monitor her progress.

Parents Shawn and Valerie have been with Sophia every day, and have only spent one night in their own bed.

"It's hard. I can't take her home like a normal baby, so I want to spend every minute I can with her and watch her grow and let her know that we're here," Valerie said.

If she continues to grow and stay healthy, Sophia is expected to go home with her parents on Dec. 16.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention refers to premature birth as the birth of an infant before 37 weeks of pregnancy. According to the CDC, preterm births affected more than 450,000 babies in 2012. Babies who are born prematurely are at higher risk of serious disabilities or death the earlier they are born.

Sources: Daily Mail, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Photo credit: Fox 8 screenshot