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I've worked in the nursery industry for 8 years now and in that time have been exposed to a lot of people who have had wonderful experiences starting their families. Sadly, there are a large number who are not as fortunate and that same start is particularly difficult.
Approximately 10% of all pregnancies end in a premature birth. Babies born earlier than 23 weeks have a very small survival rate for obvious reasons. At 23 weeks the survival rate is 15%; babies born at 24 weeks have a 55% survival rate while those born at 25 weeks or later survive 80% of the time.
The good news is that the survival rate for premature babies in England increased from 53% in 2006 to 80% in 2011. But survival does not necessarily mean that parents are able to stop worrying; Children born at or before 27 weeks are more likely to experience some form of disability by the time they reach six years of age.
Baby Lifeline is a national charity supporting the care of pregnant women and newborn babies all over the UK and worldwide. It raises funds to purchase much needed maternity equipment, and is one of the leading providers of training maternity healthcare professionals.
Special thanks go to Boori for sponsoring my ride and providing my cycling outfit! - (Look out for the photos - coming soon!)
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