How long would a baby born at 30 weeks have to stay in the NICU

Doctors say that on average a premature baby needs to stay in the NICU until their due date. So a 30 week premature baby needs to stay in the NICU for approximately 9 weeks. Some babies will be in shorter and some longer.

My third baby was born at 30 weeks and she spent 45 days in the NICU. She got out sooner than expected but she required a lot of medical care when she came home.

02
4Katie
Moms Expertise
    05/05/14
    Comment deleted
    05/05/14
    4Katie
    They do not let parents stay. Parents can visit but not stay.
    2
      05/05/14
      Amanda Muir
      At 30 weeks it would depend on a lot of things. If there was time to get the two doses of steroids into mom before she delivers then the baby will likely have much more mature lungs and require less NICU time.
      1
        05/05/14
        There were the parents of preemie twins at the group introduction held by my pediatrician, and I remember thinking how difficult it must be to stay away so long. I'm glad your baby made it through and is healthy now, Katie!
        1
          05/05/14
          8Theresa Gould
          I think this would be incredibly hard. I didn't like it when my baby was taken to the nursery and would hunt them down or have my husband hunt them down.
          0
          About Katie
          Birth: November 24
          On Moms.com since: Jan 21, 2014
          ***Community Manager of Moms.com*** Mom to four amazing children. I am passionate about helping and supporting new moms as they enter into motherhood. I am a certified doula, certified childbirth educator and an accredited breastfeeding counselor.