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Gestational Age Not Sole Predictor of Preemie Survival
Date:4/17/2008

than we thought," said Dr. Peter Bernstein, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

But, he pointed out, "the outcomes are still pretty dismal" for these tiny babies.

However, he said this study will definitely be useful.

"Having these concrete numbers to go with is helpful. These numbers do a better job for us being able to counsel parents, and it helps with how much hope I might give the family," he said.

More information

To learn more about who's at risk for preterm birth, visit the March of Dimes.



SOURCES: Rosemary Higgins, M.D., program scientist, Neonatal Research Network, Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.; Peter Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H., maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Montefiore Medical Center, and associate professor, obstetrics and gynecology and women's health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City; April 17, 2008, New England Journal of Medicine


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