Having A Prem

Your doctor has just told you that the baby you are carrying is in danger of being born early. This might come as a complete shock to you, you never imagined that your baby wouldn’t be born at term. Or you might have expected this to happen- you are carrying multiple pregnancies, you’ve had a prem before.

We hope to answer some of your questions here or point you in direction of other help. Hopefully, this will ease some of your fears and give you some idea of the outcomes of Preterm birth.

PIPA is a support group for families of premature babies. We are a group of parents who all have had premature babies and would like to help you as much as we are able, to get through the rollercoaster ride of the world of prematurity. We are not professionals so if you have any medical worries talk to your healthcare provider. We offer you emotional and practical support, understanding, encouragement and friendship. Sometimes it helps just to talk to someone who understands what you are going through.

Listed below are a number of things that can go wrong with a pregnancy and what is premature/preterm birth. Click on anyone to take you to more information and links to other sites dealing with that problem.

What is a Premature or Preterm Birth?

Bed Rest

Preterm Labour

Multiple Pregnancy

Twin To Twin


Placental Problems


Incompetent Cervix


The primary aim of PIPA is to provide practical and emotional support to the parents and families of premature infants. However, we do not offer professional advice. We are parents of preterm baby’s and not medical staff. We do offer understanding, support, encouragement and friendship.

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