Very Preterm Babies

In recent decades, the advances in prenatal surveillance and neonatal intensive care have resulted in decreased morbidity and mortality, with sound repercussions in the group of extreme prematurity newborns. Annually, newborns with less than 32 weeks of gestational age correspond to 1% of total births in Portugal. These infants require special care that must be carefully planned and executed to maintain its overall stability.

 

Thus, the cohort of Very Preterm Babies arises from the need to obtain updated and comparable information of the pregnancies that result in very preterm birth, particularly with regard to clinical practices, to health outcomes in the short and medium term and effectiveness of new technologies.

 

Between June 1st, 2011 and May 31st, 2012, 607 very preterm babies born in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units of the Northern Region and the Region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley. 540 families accepted the challenge of continuing to be monitored, allowing us to better understand the health of these children and learn about different aspects of their development in the first years of life.

 

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