Facts & Figures

Every year, over 95,000 babies are cared for in neonatal units in the UK because they have either been born prematurely (before 37 weeks of pregnancy), or full term (after 37 weeks) but sick. This means that around 1 in 8 babies born in the UK each year are admitted onto neonatal units.

The majority of babies who receive neonatal care are born full term. In 2015, of the 96,556 babies who received neonatal care in England, Scotland and Wales, only 1.2 per cent were born before 25 weeks    heartheartheart

Twins and multiples have a much higher chance of being born prematurely. 11.4 per cent of babies who received neonatal care in England, Scotland and Wales were from a multiple pregnancy. 

How many babies are admtted into Neonatal Care in Northern Ireland?
Data for Northern Ireland is collected separately from England, Scotland and Wales. According to the Northern Irish public health agency, NICORE, 1,790 babies were born needing neonatal care in 2014. 

How long do premature babies stay in Neonatal Care? 
The duration of a baby’s stay in neonatal care varies greatly, and entirely depends on the severity of the condition and the gestation (point of pregnancy) at which they were born.

The average length of a stay in neonatal care in England and Wales is eight days – however this includes figures for both premature and full term babies. We know that most of the babies admitted to neonatal care are born at term and these babies may need only a few days, or even hours, of care.

However, some of the most premature and the sickest babies can spend months in hospital. For example the average length of stay for a baby born between 28 to 31 weeks is 44 days.

The table below shows the average length of stay for babies born at different gestations in 2015 in England, Scotland and Wales.  
Data provided by www.bliss.org.uk