Recent retrospective publications have suggested that cesarean delivery may be beneficial for the extremely premature fetus. This article displays the available evidence and discusses this issue, including many aspects such as the difficulty in deciding when delivery is imminent, the negative impact on maternal morbidity and mortality and the cost to society of such a policy. The available scientific evidence does not support a recommendation for cesarean delivery for improving survival or decreasing morbidity for the extremely premature fetus.
- Extremely premature fetus
- Fetal growth restriction (FGR)
- Gestational age
- Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health