Counselling and Management for Anticipated Extremely Preterm Birth

Paediatr Child Health. 2017 Sep;22(6):334-341. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxx058. Epub 2017 Aug 11.
[Article in English, French]

Abstract

Counselling couples facing the birth of an extremely preterm infant is a complex and delicate task, entailing both challenges and opportunities. This revised position statement proposes using a prognosis-based approach that takes the best estimate of gestational age into account, along with additional factors, including estimated fetal weight, receipt of antenatal corticosteroids, singleton versus multiple pregnancy, fetal status and anomalies on ultrasound and place of birth. This statement updates data on survival in Canada, long-term neurodevelopmental disability at school age and quality of life, with focus on strategies to communicate effectively with parents. It also proposes a framework for determining the prognosis-based management option(s) to present to parents when initiating the decision-making process. This statement replaces the 2012 position statement.

Keywords: ANCS; Decision making; Extremely preterm infant; NDD; QOL; SDM.