Can twins born at 34 weeks go home?

Answered by Jeremy Urbaniak

Twins born at 34 weeks gestation can go home, but it’s important to note that they may need to spend some time in the hospital before they are discharged. Typically, these infants will need to stay in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for about one to two weeks to receive specialized care and monitoring.

During their time in the NICU, the twins will be closely monitored by a team of healthcare professionals who will ensure that they are growing and developing properly. They will receive specialized care, such as assistance with feeding and maintaining body temperature. The medical staff will also keep a close eye on their breathing patterns and overall health.

While it can be difficult to have your babies in the hospital for an extended period, it’s important to remember that the NICU provides a safe and controlled environment for their care. The medical team will work closely with the parents to provide support and guidance throughout this time.

Once the twins are deemed stable and have reached certain developmental milestones, they will be ready to go home. These milestones may include being able to maintain body temperature, feeding well, and gaining weight steadily. The healthcare team will assess the twins’ readiness for discharge and provide instructions to the parents on how to care for them at home.

It’s worth mentioning that the long-term outcomes for twins born at 34 weeks are generally positive. With proper medical care and monitoring, these infants usually catch up in their growth and development and go on to lead healthy lives. They may require some extra attention and follow-up appointments with healthcare providers, but they generally do as well as non-preemie babies in the long run.

Personal experiences and situations can vary, but I have seen many families with twins born at 34 weeks successfully navigate the NICU journey and bring their babies home. It can be a challenging time emotionally and physically, but with the support of the healthcare team and loved ones, it is possible to overcome the hurdles and provide the best care for the twins.

Twins born at 34 weeks can go home, but they will likely need to spend some time in the NICU before being discharged. The length of their hospital stay will depend on their individual needs and developmental progress. With proper medical care and monitoring, these infants have a good chance of thriving and growing up to be healthy individuals.