safe delivery of a premature baby

When can a baby be delivered that is likely to survive?

one in nine babies are born premature or sick in the UK.Babies from 24 weeks gestation can be born safely but its strength and other factors come into play for such very tiny babies and the survival rate.

An adult has had a lifetime to build up  a stong immunity against infections germ resistance etc but a tiny baby is vunerable so can pick up infections easily.

A Baby may also be too poorly to live but knowing this even the tinest babies can survive and surprise even the doctors and  nurses with the determination, as they overcome each hurdle in the NICU.

Bliss is the only national charity dedicated to improving both the survival and long-term quality of life for babies born too soon, too small or too sick to cope on their own. They have a wondwerful website you can visit to download information sheets, chat to other mums in a similar position, telephone for support and much more. visit the website at