What is preterm birth?

4. Experiences of preterm birth

A preterm baby's early experience is very different to that of a term-born baby.

After birth, babies born at term, and most babies born late and moderately preterm, go to a normal maternity ward with their mother and will be discharged home within a few days.

In contrast, doctors will take babies who are born very preterm to a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, where they might stay for several weeks or months. This experience not only impacts the child but can also be distressing for the parents. Listen to Susannah’s experiences of having an extremely preterm baby.

Very Premature Baby in NICU

Susannah's story