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BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3900 (Published 17 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3900
  1. Sophie Cook, UK research editor
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  1. scook{at}bmj.com

The arrival of a newborn is usually a time of excitement and happiness, accompanied by a healthy degree of trepidation about what lies ahead. But for parents or carers of preterm babies feelings of fear and anxiety may predominate.

In England and Wales around one in 13 babies is born preterm and one in 250 extremely preterm (before 28 weeks). In 2015 this amounted to 53 209 preterm and 3014 extremely preterm babies (Office for National Statistics http://bit.ly/2vFagTL). Neonatal …

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