Baby was born premature at 28 weeks. She was ~1000 grams and 38 cm long. In the US, of 100 babies born at 28 weeks gestation, an average of 8 will die, and 92 will live to go home.
What to expect at delivery: Facing the possibility of preterm delivery can be overwhelming. Parents may feel frightened, sad, angry, or confused. Everyone copes in their own way, but it may be helpful to know that you are not alone.
What happens at birth: At birth the team will check the heart rate, breathing, oxygen levels, and movement. A breathing tube may be placed to help the baby breathe. Some babies will receive a medicine called surfactant in the delivery room. This helps keep the lungs expanded so the baby can breathe.
What does this mean for families?
No matter what lies ahead, this will be a life-changing experience. Some families will have to cope with the loss of their infant, while others may face a long course in intensive care, or health problems that are long-lasting. Although everyone copes with grief and stress diﬀerently, it may be helpful to seek the support of family, friends, counselors, clergy members, or parent support groups throughout this time.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, seek help, and advocate for yourself and your family.