Periviable Birth: More Issues Than Answers?

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Infants born at very early gestational ages pose significant challenges to both the obstetric and neonatal clinical teams. Questions regarding viability and resuscitation are areas of legal and ethical concern for both families and those caring for them. In May 2014, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), in conjunction with the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), published the results of a joint workshop on periviable birth.1 Today's column provides answers and resources for frequently asked questions on the issues of births at very early gestations.

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