In the U.K. around 80,000 babies are born prematurely every year. That’s enough to fill 28 Primary schools.
Every year, over 100,000 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 7 babies born in the UK each year are admitted onto neonatal units.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you and your supporters for the amazing support you give our unit. Sadly it is always difficult to find the money to keep all of our areas provided with the latest equipment plus all of the other things that contribute so much to patient and family care. Our role in the neonatal service is a combination of looking after very sick, fragile babies but also ensuring strong support for families at an incredibly stressful period for them. Your generosity gives us the ability to do our best at meeting that challenge."
Mary Edwards, Chief Executive Hampshire hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Oct 2015