Re: preterm babies?
I hope you don't mind me answering, because I don't have experience in this, but for a long time we thought these babies might arrive really early, so I've read quiet a bit, met with the neonatologists, toured the NICU, and I think I have some good information.
Everything I've read indicates that babies born beyond 32 weeks have about a 98%+ survival rate, with a less than 3% chance of disability related to the early birth. One of the doctors at the practice I go to is kind of an expert in multiples and preterm birth (he's often on the birth shows featuring mothers pregnant with higher-order multiples), and these are the numbers that he uses. Basically, the long term outcome is the same for a 35 week baby as it is for a full term baby.
The short term, on the other hand, is a little tougher. I don't have a story to share yet, but as of right now we are expecting our boys to be about 5.5-6lbs and about 6.5lbs at 36 weeks. The doctors don;t expect them to stay in the NICU at all, but they keep stressing that there is really no way to know for sure. We just have to be prepared for anything.
I hope you can keep your little one cooking a little longer, but if not the odds are really good for you to have a very healthy baby.
Identical boys, Max and Jack born 3/19/05!