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There are many factors that help determine a baby’s chance of survival, including:

  • Birth weight
  • Gestational age
  • Gender
  • Maturity of organs (especially the lungs) and presence of breathing problems
  • The baby’s condition at birth
  • Multiple pregnancy
  • Maternal health
  • Presence of congenital abnormalities
  • Antenatal steroids
  • Severe medical complications such as infections
  • Delivery at a hospital that offers specialist neonatal care

The outcomes for premature babies are generally good, however there are definite risks associated with being born early. The chances of survival increase as the baby gets older, but estimates are never exact. Some babies suddenly get sick with an infection and can pass away unexpectedly, while others are able to fight and survive.

Your baby's medical team will give you as much information as possible to help you decide what is the best course of action for the treatment and care of your baby. We encourage you to discuss any concerns with your baby’s medical team.

You can access Miracle Babies support through NurtureConnect, by calling our 24 hour family support helpline; NurtureLine 1300 622 243 or joining our Facebook community.

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Disclaimer: This publication by Miracle Babies Foundation is intended solely for general education and assistance and it is it is not medical advice or a healthcare recommendation. It should not be used for the purpose of medical diagnosis or treatment for any individual condition. This publication has been developed by our Parent Advisory Team (all who are parents of premature and sick babies) and has been reviewed and approved by a Clinical Advisory Team. This publication is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Miracle Babies Foundation recommends that professional medical advice and services be sought out from a qualified healthcare provider familiar with your personal circumstances.To the extent permitted by law, Miracle Babies Foundation excludes and disclaims any liability of any kind (directly or indirectly arising) to any reader of this publication who acts or does not act in reliance wholly or partly on the content of this general publication. If you would like to provide any feedback on the information please email [email protected].