Imagine you are, or your partner is pregnant, and you are filled with excited hopes and dreams for your unborn baby. Then suddenly there is a medical crisis and your baby is delivered three months early, and they are one of the over 5000 babies born very preterm in Australia every year, or at less than 32 weeks’ gestational age.
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When a baby is born two or more months too early – less than 32 weeks’ gestation – they are considered to be in the group of more than 5000 babies born very preterm in Australia every year.