Review: Can we comfortably deliver smaller and smaller babies?

  • L Pistorius


In medicine, it seems that technology and pharmacology are inspiring each other with the same synergism as computer hardware and software. As example of this, the survival of smaller and smaller babies has steadily been increasing over the past few decades. Very low birth weight (below 1500g) has had to be redefined to include extremely low birth weight (below 1000g), and severe prematurity (below 32 weeks) to include extreme prematurity (below 28 weeks).