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Your premature baby's time in hospital

If your baby is born prematurely, she may need to spend some time in hospital.

While your baby is in hospital – whether the stay lasts for days, weeks or even months – much of your life is likely to revolve around the baby unit. Precisely how long this goes on for will depend on your baby's gestational age, how developed they are and whether they have health problems.

After the initial shock of seeing your baby in the unit, you will become more familiar with the hospital environment, and will gradually understand how the baby unit works.

You may continue to feel very upset and anxious about your baby, but over time you will gradually adapt to your new circumstances and start to focus on developing your own vital role in supporting your baby's care.

Review dates

Last reviewed: 1 July, 2017
Next review: 1 July, 2020