Megan Barcroft of Dallas, Oregon is 30. She'd been trying to get pregnant for years. When she wasn't successful she turned to fertility treatments. And, like so many others, she developed a multiple birth pregnancy – triplets.

By definition such a pregnancy is high risk, to the mother and the babies. A mom like Megan is monitored closely. In her case, it resulted in four weeks of bed-rest in the hospital and then an emergency C-section when she developed preeclampsia, dangerous hypertension that can lead to a stroke.

She gave birth to two girls and a boy at the end of October and the infants, with low-birth-weight and some other health concerns, have been in the neonatal intensive care unit for weeks.

Megan and her neonatologist, Dr. Cindy McEvoy, are guests on a 1 hour live webcast tonight. If you miss it, I hope you can catch the replay.

Neonatologists have been busy these days as more people delay parenting to get their lives and careers in order – makes sense in ever tighter economic times. But older parents can lead to fertility problems – the potential for multiple births and other issues that affect pregnancy and post-partum challenges for the mom and the babies.

As we'll hear tonight, medical technology and skill have steadily advanced. Now at a neonatal unit such as Dr. McEvoy's at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, babies as small as one pound can be cared for over months until they can thrive on their own.

Even my own son, Ari, was born six week's early. Now he's a strapping 19-year-old college freshman. So I am reminded of how these tiny babies can grow big and healthy.

Certainly it's not always the case. There is only so much that can be done, or makes sense to do. Tough choices, as I know our webcast will discuss. And there are concerns for the long-term health of a preemie, for example how healthy are their lungs? Ari, for example has been prone to mild asthma – not unusual, as Dr. McEvoy has been studying in her research of preemies as they grow up.

Tonight's webcast is sure to be fascinating and another example of a compelling discussion about an important medical, and family, topic. Please tell others about this program and our vast library at patientpower.info. Also, stay tuned for exciting news about a new 24/7 "Patient Power Radio" service that will blossom in the New Year.

From all of us at Patient Power, we wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season and the best of health now and in the New Year!

Andrew