Premature babies often need specialist hospital care for weeks after they arrive which means parents miss those early chances to bond with their new-born child.
Now a Midlands maternity unit has opened a 'halfway house' for babies not yet well enough to be discharged but who've improved to a degree where mum and dad can start being parents.
A Northamptonshire family has reason to be cheerful in 2013 as they look forward to a year at home with their triplets - who have spent five months in hospital.
Stuart and Hannah Fraser are parents of the country's most premature surviving triplets.
The babies were born 16 weeks early after Hannah had problems with her pregnancy.
They were so under-developed their skin was almost transparent, but now the family are making up for lost time at home together.