Premmies Day to mark the early starters

Jodi Hood, of Tomahawk, with premature daughter Lily Elsie Hood. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER
Jodi Hood, of Tomahawk, with premature daughter Lily Elsie Hood. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

BABY Lily Elsie was born three weeks and five days ago - seven weeks early.

She weighed just 2.2 kilograms.

Yesterday she was one of many premature babies celebrated during national Wear Green for Premmies Day.

The Launceston General Hospital neonatal ward got into the spirit of the day by wearing green and having a green-inspired morning tea.

The ward looks after babies from 30 weeks gestation with an average occupancy of about 10 premature babies at a time.

Doctor Neil Atherton said premature babies required extra help, which could have an effect on the important bonding process between the mother and baby.

He said premature babies were often in hospital for as many weeks as they were premature, which could be difficult on families.

The ward has fold-out beds for parents to be close to their babies.

Lily's mother Jodie Hood said having a ``premmie'' made her appreciate the ``little things in life''.

``Having a child is the most beautiful experience in the world, no matter if it's early or late,'' Mrs Hood said.

She said it could also be daunting.

But she said the doctors and nurses had taught her about looking after premmies and how to be closer to her baby.

For more information on Wear Green for Premmie Day visit www.lilaussieprems. com.au