Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Born 22 February 2010
Defying the naysayers since conception

Weight: 3320 grams

Length: 48 cm

Head Circumference: 32 cm

Full-term (40weeks + 6), vaginal delivery (forceps assisted), discharged from hospital with mother 3 days after birth

Mother’s BMI 50, age late 30s, family history of Type 2 diabetes, IVF-assisted conception—but:
  • No gestational diabetes,
  • Healthy blood pressure throughout pregnancy
  • Healthy thriving baby & healthy thriving mother

“The doctor uses statistics based on groups of people whose situations are most similar to that of an individual patient...Because results are based on large groups of people, they cannot be used to predict what will happen to a particular patient. No two patients are exactly alike, and treatment and responses to treatment vary greatly.”
(US National Institutes of Health)

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