Preterm birth, or premature birth, is usually an unplanned event. Depending on the causes of the birth and how premature the baby is, it may also be an emergency. This section explores the causes of premature birth, the signs of premature birth, and strategies to delay premature birth.
In many cases, premature birth cannot be avoided. This section also gives an indication of what the birth process may be like including transport to a neonatal intensive care unit.