Trust Guideline for the Management of Preterm Birth 26+0 to 36+6 Weeks IO23 v13
Preterm labour is defined as onset spontaneous of labour before 37 completed weeks of gestation and preterm birth is defined as birth at less than 37+0 weeks of gestation.
Intact survival of babies born after 27 weeks exceeds 50% and nearly 100% survival is expected of babies born after 32 week of pregnancy.
This guideline is aimed at optimising the management of women with preterm labour 26+0 to 36+6 weeks
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