Premature birth - information and support

A premature (or preterm) baby is an infant born earlier than usual, before 37 weeks pregnant.

There are different levels of prematurity, and generally the risk increases the earlier the birth is - babies at highest risk are those born before week 26.

We have extensive information on every aspect of prematurity for parents of premature babies, to help you navigate a time that can be overwhelming.

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  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Preterm birth and labour, guidance in development final scope, NICE, 2013. Also available at: (accessed 15 April 2014)
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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.


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