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Your Premature Baby

A premature baby (a “preemie”) is a baby born before the 37th week of pregnancy.

It's common for preemies to spend extra time in hospital until their organs and immune system are more developed. Over time, most premature babies grow and develop just like any other baby.

If your baby was born prematurely, you might have mixed feelings and emotions during your hospital stay. And when it's time to take your baby home, you might feel anxious about caring for him on your own.

Remember that hospital staff won't send you and your baby home until he's ready. Ask questions and talk about your concerns with your health care professional at the hospital before you take your newborn home.

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