Premature birth is birth that happens too soon, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Babies born this early may have more health problems or may need to stay in the hospital longer than babies born later.
Premature birth is a very serious health problem. It is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. Babies born too early may have more health issues than babies born on time, and may face long-term health problems that affect the brain, the lungs, hearing or vision.
Did you know?
1 baby in 10 is born premature worldwide.
Preterm birth rates are rising, even in industrialised countries!
About 500.000 babies in Europe are born preterm every year!
In about half of the cases of preterm birth, the cause is unknown! Preterm birth can happen to anyone.
The presence of parents is vital for the development of preterm babies in the hospital.
The survival rate of preterm babies varies, not only from country to country, but also from hospital to hospital.