THESE three mums have one wish - that others like them can stay in Tasmania.
Jo Hood, Rachel Atkinson and Sarah Coker are mothers of premature babies and know what it is like to travel from town to town and state to state to care for their little babies.
The three Launceston women will be some of more than 200 people expected to participate in the Walk for Prems at Royal Park on Sunday to raise money and awareness for Life's Little Treasures Foundation, so it can provide vital support services for mothers of premature babies and their families in their hometowns.
Mrs Coker only found out three days before her baby Emily was born that there was a problem.
``My placenta had stopped working completely so she was born at 26 weeks, but had stopped growing at 23,'' Mrs Coker said.
``Emily is now two, she's small for her age, she has chronic lung disease, so the tiniest little thing can go to her lungs.
``She might wake up in the morning and have a slight runny nose, and that's it, I go into panic mode.''
Seven-month-old Cruz Atkinson is a prime example that miracles do happen.
At just 16 weeks, he became the youngest Tasmanian to have heart surgery, after spending 99 days in hospital, mainly in Melbourne.
He was born seven weeks premature and was later diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a disease where an extra electrical charge makes the heart beat abnormally fast.
Mrs Atkinson said Sunday's walk was a way to show new premmie mums that things do get better.
``There are times when they may be in hospital and may think I don't know if my baby will make it, but they can look at our kids and be like, look at them running around like normal children,'' she said.
The 3km walk will start at 10.30am and will be followed by a party in the park. Registrations will be accepted on the day and participants are encouraged to wear orange.