Latest Canadian Perinatal Network Stories

2014-07-08 09:55:53

Imperial College London Preterm babies admitted to high volume neonatal units are less likely to die compared to those admitted to low volume units, according to researchers. A study, published in BMJ Open, has provided new estimates to assess how organizational factors in England impact clinical outcomes of infants born preterm. Results demonstrated that for preterm babies born at less than 33 weeks gestation, the odds of dying in hospital were 32 per cent less if they were...

2014-07-08 09:44:55

BMJ-British Medical Journal And 50 percent higher for very premature babies born after less than 27 weeks of pregnancy The advantage is particularly evident for very premature babies born after less than 27 weeks of pregnancy, where the figure rises to 50%, prompting the authors to conclude that new services for newborns should promote delivery of very preterm babies in high volume units. How best to organize critical care for newborns has been the focus of intense debate, with the...

2014-06-05 14:36:30

UC A new Ohio study demonstrates that women who have shorter birth spacing between the last delivery and their next conception have shorter pregnancy lengths, which puts mother and child at a greater risk for preterm birth. The study also shows that African-American women have shorter intervals of birth spacing and higher preterm births overall. The findings were published in 'BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology' on June 4, 2014. "We need to place a...

2013-02-11 13:46:10

In a study to be presented on February 14 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in San Francisco, California, researchers will report findings suggesting an increased risk of early (less than 35 weeks) preterm birth when intra-amniotic debris is present in nulliparous women with a short cervix. The babies born to women with debris had worse outcomes than those born to women without debris, likely due to the earlier...

2012-12-05 11:07:56

Studies predict a rise in number of children with lifelong health problems Research published on bmj.com today suggests that although more babies survived shortly after extreme preterm birth in England in 2006 compared with 1995, the number with major conditions on leaving hospital remained largely unchanged. A second study, also published today, shows some improvement in the number of extremely preterm children who survived without disability at 3 years of age, but no change in the...

US Premature Births Down Fifth Straight Year
2012-11-13 15:29:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The premature birth rate in the U.S. dropped for the fifth consecutive year in 2011, making it the lowest number in a decade. The latest report found that the U.S. preterm birth rate dropped to 11.7 percent, earning the country a "C" on the 2012 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. Four states, including Vermont, Oregon, New Hampshire and Maine, earned an "A" on the report card as their preterm birth rates met the...

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