Do babies born at 37 weeks need NICU?

Late preterm babies who are born between 35 and 37 weeks gestation may not look premature. They may not be admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), but they are still at risk for more problems than full-term babies.

Will my baby have to stay in hospital if born at 37 weeks?

As a result of complications, late preterm babies may need to be admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or even readmitted to the hospital after discharge. RDS is by far the biggest risk for babies born at 36 weeks.

What percentage of babies born at 37 weeks are in NICU?

More than 70% of preterm infants admitted to a special care nursery spent time in a NICU, compared to 46.9% of infants born at 37-38 weeks and 44.2% of infants born at 39-41 weeks.

Can a baby go home at 37 weeks?

Healthy, full-term babies (at least 37 weeks gestation) can usually go home from the hospital sometime between 24 and 48 hours after birth. Some late preterm babies (born between 34 and 36 weeks gestation) may be healthy enough to go home after a short stay (at least 48 hours) as well.

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What are the risks of baby being born at 37 weeks?

Early term delivery is associated with increased short term adverse physical morbidity, including respiratory distress syndrome, transient tachypnoea of the neonate and ventilator use, as well as an increased risk of infant mortality at 37 weeks compared to full-term delivery 46.

What happens if you deliver at 37 weeks?

Furthermore, babies delivered electively at 37 weeks are four times more likely to end up in the neonatal intensive care unit or have serious respiratory troubles than babies born at 39 weeks or later; babies who arrive at 38 weeks are twice as likely to have complications.

What week do babies not need NICU?

23–24 Weeks

Over half of premature babies born between 23 and 24 weeks of pregnancy will survive delivery and live to see life outside of the NICU. Babies born before 23 weeks may survive.

What is the average weight of a baby born at 37 weeks?

At 37 weeks, your baby is packing on the pounds, so they’ll be similar in length and weight to a full-term baby. The average baby born at 37 weeks weight is around 6.5 pounds and will measure around 19 inches head to toe.

Is 37 weeks full-term?

At 37 weeks, your pregnancy is considered full-term. The average baby weighs around 3-4kg by now. Your baby is ready to be born, and you’ll be meeting them some time in the next few weeks.

Do all premature babies go to NICU?

Which babies need special care? Most babies admitted to the NICU are preterm (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have a health condition that needs special care. In the U.S., nearly half a million babies are born preterm.

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When can NICU babies go home?

Most NICUs require babies to be free from events for 3-5 days before going home. This includes not having any events during their “car seat test,” a test that shows if the baby can sit in their car seat for 1.5 hours without any events.