Late Preterm and Early Term: Bigger Babies Have Challenges Too
Late and moderately preterm (LMPT) births comprise between 6-7% of births and 75% of all preterm births in the UK.1 A proportion of these infants will require admission for specialist care within a neonatal unit and will unfortunately develop long-term health problems.1 Although preterm birth is categorised as any birth ≤ 37 weeks gestation, the infants within this group are in fact heterogenous and their outcomes depend on the degree of immaturity.
Professor Elaine Boyle talks about late preterm and early term birth and some of the challenges that are faced by these babies. She focuses on outcomes for mature preterm and early term infants and what the implications are for clinical practice with respect to these babies. In addition to the above, she explains the current knowledge base and what the future practice should be for these infants.
1. Boyle EM, Johnson S, Manktelow B, et al. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 2015;100: F479–F485.
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Professor Elaine Boyle
Consultant Neonatologist & Professor Neonatal Medicine