Inspirational Premature Babies born at 36 Weeks


Read the inspirational stories of courage and fight for survival from these amazing premature babies born at 36 weeks gestation throughout Australia including advice from their parents.

Premmie Babies Name: Timothy
Gestation Born: 36 + 3weeks
Weight When Born: 2.63 kg
Length When Born:
Current Age: 2 yrs old
Current Weight Now: 15.5kg
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Tim suffered horribly from undiagnosed silent reflux for the first 5 months of his life. He fed every two hours for the first 4 weeks, which led to enormous sleep deprivation for all involved. We went to sleep school at 5 months, and were placed on milanta, which made an enormous difference. Since then he has progressed brilliantly, and overtaken his older (by 20 months)sister’s weight. He has achieved all of his developmental milestones to date. He is an absolutely delightful, cheeky, two year old who loves discovering the world around him.

Advice From Parents: Accept your child for whom they are. Don’t label them with problems just because of their gestational age. Tim at 36 weeks, caused us more dramas than his sister who was born at 32 weeks. Whatever gestation your baby is born at focus on what they achieve, not what they cannot achieve!

Premmie Babies Name: Tristan Neil
Gestation Born: 36 weeks
Weight When Born: 3150 grams
Length When Born: 51cms
Current Age: 10 months
Current Weight Now: approx 12kgs
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Nothing that we can tell so far. He is slow however reaching his milestones but he is a really big boy so we are not sure if that is the main reason.

Advice From Parents: Premmie babies are amazing with their fight for life. Believe in your miracle and take heaps of photos so you can see them grow each day. My first son was born at 27 weeks so we were very pleased to reach 36 weeks with our second son. Be sure to talk to other parents whilst in the NICU/SCN as they are a great support.

Premature Babies Name: Rhiannon Nicole
Gestation Born: 36 Weeks
Weight When Born: 2245 grams
Length When Born:
Current Age: 24 months
Current Weight Now: 10kg
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Rhiannon has been a delight ever since she was born, being a 3rd child/premmie/daughter she has picked up everything quickly and is relatively easy going. Rhiannon has never had any issues. She was only in the SCN because she was smaller in weight than expected, so there was not much room for weight loss in her first few days. She came home only 9 days after her birth, 4 days after me.

Advice From Parents: Be involved in every part of your baby’s care. Listen to all the advice, but only accept and utilise that which you feel is right for you. Everyone is an expert when it comes to babies (just ask them!!!), trust your instincts you will know what is right for your child!

Premature Babies Name: Ocean Dawn
Gestation Born: 36 weeks
Weight When Born: 1280 grams
Length When Born: 37cm
Current Age: 4 months
Current Weight Now: 1580 grams
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Ocean has trouble keeping weight on as she constantly gets a lot of colic, and may have a hearing problem with left ear

Advice From Parents: When your child suffers from colic, you can get special fomula from your local chemist and keep them over your shoulder when bringing up wind.

Premmies Name: Rhiannon Nicole
Gestation Born: 36 Weeks
Weight When Born: 2245 grams
Length When Born:
Current Age: 24 months
Current Weight Now: 10 kgs
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Rhiannon has been a delight ever since she was born, being a 3rd child/premmie/daughter she has picked up everything quickly and is relatively easy going. Rhiannon has never had any issues. She was only in the SCN because she was smaller in weight than expected, so there was not much room for weight loss in her first few days. She came home only 9 days after her birth, 4 days after me.

Advice From Parents: Be involved in every part of your baby’s care. Listen to all the advice, but only accept and utilise that which you feel is right for you. Everyone is an expert when it comes to babies (just ask them!!!), trust your instincts you will know what is right for your child!

Premmies Name: Chloee
Gestation Born: 36 weeks exact
Weight When Born: 2220grams
Length When Born: 46cm
Current Age: 5
Current Weight Now: 13kgs
Babies Outlook/Ongoing Issues: Other than being small for her age, she never had any ongoing issues. At her 4 year check she was advanced in everything compared to other children her age.
One issue we did have when she was a tiny baby is that she was sick with Flu and the DR’s couldn’t give her anything other than fluids because even though she was 12 weeks old actual her adjusted age was only 8 weeks so they said it was to dangerous to give antibiotics.

Advice From Parents: Be there for all the decisions and make sure the DR’s discuss with you what is happening and what they are doing with your baby.
Other parents of premmies are also great to talk to as they know what you are going through

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