Can a baby born 34 week survive?

Absolutely. My daughter was born at 33.5 and had no complications. She stayed in the NICU for 16 days to learn to nurse and use a bottle (baby's aren't coordinated enough to do this until 35 weeks). She was 4 pounds 15 ounces---almost 5lb, the size of many twins!

My water broke so I had 2.5 days on bedrest in the hospital waiting. They gave me a shot of steroids which could have helped her develop her lungs. They say girls develop faster in the womb, but my friend had a boy born at 33.5 weeks exactly the same situation, no problems, home in over two weeks.


Now it is awful to leave the hospital each day without your baby, emotionally very very tough, but the baby should be fine. Do not worry.