A baby born before 37 weeks gestation is classified as premature. 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.
There are many causes of premature birth, and knowing the stages of growth and development after a preterm baby is born and how to care for your baby is essential to give the best chance of survival.
If you have been told you are at risk of having a premature baby, or if you have already had a premature baby, you are likely to have lots of questions. In the following pages we offer information about reasons, causes, and problems associated with preterm babies, as well as some tips on what you can do to manage the situation.