Premature labour and birth
Most preterm births happen spontaneously (on its own, without medication or medical intervention) but, in some cases, pre-term labour is planned because it’s safer for the baby to be born sooner rather than later.
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Signs and symptoms of premature labourCall your midwife or hospital maternity unit straight away if you think you are in early labour. It may be a false alarm, but it’s best to get checked out.
Having a planned premature birthSometimes, a premature birth is planned because it's safer for the baby to be born sooner rather than later. You may be offered a induction or c-section.
Giving birth to your premature babyGiving birth is one of the most life-changing experiences you'll ever have, but it doesn't always go as planned, especially when your baby is premature.