Quoting Crazzzy Mel:" My niece was born 9 weeks early at 30 weeks & 4 days gestation. She is 4 weeks old today and still ... [snip!] ... & travel expense to the hospital..anyone who has gone through this how long did it take to start receiving benefits?"That's really only for people who are disabled. My daughter receives it, but she's a dialysis patient. All I had to do was call the number and talk to someone and they handled the rest. I'm not sure if premie qualifies as disabled though.