Delivery mode for the extremely premature fetus: A statement of the prematurity working group of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine

Daniel W. Skupski, Anne Greenough, Stephen M. Donn, Birgit Arabin, Eduardo Bancalari, Radu Vladareanu

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-586
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Perinatal Medicine
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Extremely premature fetus
  • Fetal growth restriction (FGR)
  • Gestational age
  • Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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