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Newborn, term, preterm, posterm...what does it all mean? 
 
The newborn period, also known as the neonatal period, refers to the first 28 days of life; in other words, the first month of life. The term “infant” refers to a baby less than one year of age.
 
A baby born "full term" is one that is born between 37 weeks and 42 weeks gestation. A "preterm" baby is a baby born before 37 weeks gestation; while a "postterm" baby is a baby born after 42 weeks gestation.
 
Learn more about prematurity below:
 
 
 

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