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Rates of survival increasing for extremely preterm infants, NIH network finds

Among the major findings:

  • Infants born at 23 and 24 weeks survived in greater numbers over the 20-year period. Of those born at 24 weeks, for example, only 52 percent survived in 1993 while 65 percent survived in 2012.
  • A higher number of premature infants survived without major illnesses. For infants born at 27 weeks, for example, survival without major illness increased from 29 percent in 1993 to 47 percent in 2012.
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Fetal ECG readings offer no advantage over heart rate monitoring during labor

“Even though a new treatment or technology may appear promising, it really isn’t possible to know whether it provides any benefits unless it’s tested in a research study,” Dr. Reddy said.  “Our study didn’t find any benefit for ECG ST monitoring in term births.”

TOLAC: Induction poses no maternal risk vs. expectant management

Maternal morbidity was not consistently increased in a study of women with one prior cesarean delivery who were attempting a trial of labor and who were induced between 37 and 40 weeks, according to a secondary analysis of data from the National Institutes of Health Consortium on Safe Labor. (requires registration)