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Capital & Coast DHB Women's Health Obstetrics & Maternity Service

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Premature Baby

A premature baby is one that is born before 37 weeks’ gestation (the length of a pregnancy from conception to birth). The normal period of gestation in humans is 38-42 weeks.
 
If your baby is premature, they may need to be cared for in a specialised unit, called a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), until his or her internal systems are more fully developed.
 
The length of time your baby will stay in the neonatal unit will generally depend on how early they were born.
 
If your're ready for discharge but your baby remains in NICU, accommodation may be arranged at Ronald McDonald House if you live outside the Wellington region. 

This page was last updated at 4:01PM on February 5, 2020.