Facts & Figures…..

  • 1 in 8 babies are born prematurely (prior to 37 weeks gestation)
  • Babies are likely to remain in hospital until their due date following premature birth
  • There are no facilities in neonatal units for parents to stay with their babies over night
  • The cost to families of an average NICU stay is estimated to be in excess of £2,500
  • 40% of NICU mothers experience post-natal depression, compared to 5-10% of mothers who have health full term deliveries.
  • More than 50% of mothers report symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder following NICU.
  • 60% of mothers feel that their maternity leave is too short following premature birth
  • Babies born prematurely develop according to their ‘corrected age’, which is calculated on their due date rather than their birth date.
  • Babies born prematurely are more vulnerable to common cold and cough viruses with many experiencing re-admissions to hospital.