[CG] Preterm labour : diagnosis and management (23+0 - 36+6 weeks' gestation)


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This guideline has been updated regarding the NICE guideline (NG25) Preterm labour and birth published in 2015.

Preterm labour is a major cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. It is defined as labour at less than 37 completed weeks’ gestation. Neonates delivering before 30 weeks’ gestation are at significantly greater risk of complications of prematurity.


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Last reviewed: 18 July 2018

Next review: 01 July 2022

Author(s): Dr Janice Gibson, Consultant Obstetrician, QEUH

Approved By: Obstetric Guideline Group


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