The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) will publish new guidance for treating extremely premature babies, in response to emerging evidence of improved survival rates.
When the last BAPM guidance was published in 2008, it indicated that only two out of ten babies born at 23 weeks (more than four months before their due date) and receiving treatment in neonatal intensive care would survive.
Since then, advances in neonatal and obstetric care have improved survival rates for the most premature babies. Today, four out of 10 babies born at 23 weeks and receiving treatment in UK neonatal units are expected to survive.
The speakers addressed:
Dr Helen Mactier, President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and Consultant Neonatologist at the Princess Royal Maternity in Glasgow
Prof Dominic Wilkinson, Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Oxford and Consultant Neonatologist at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
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