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Pain experienced by unborn babies

[by Dean Smith] In her article, The First Ache, published in the New York Times in 2008, Annie Paul reveals how doctors have discovered preemie babies as young as 20 weeks and possibly earlier experience pain in the womb. In 1983, Kanwaljeet Anand was working for a neonatal intensive care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. Part of his job involved caring for premature infants who had just gone through surgery. He noticed when these babies returned from their operations, they had weak pulses, grey skin, shallow breathing and it took hours to get their vital signs stabilized.