The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has today published details of a new guideline to help the NHS reduce the number of babies born preterm.
60,000 babies are born preterm in the UK and sadly many of these won’t survive or will be born with long term health complications.
The new guideline, aimed at health professionals, sets out the best treatment pathways for women at risk of, or in suspected or confirmed, preterm labour with the intention to prevent or delay early labour.
Recommendations include increased support and information, and guidance on what drugs should be offered.
Caroline Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss, the premature and sick baby charity, said: “The care that a premature baby receives in the first few hours of its life is crucial, as they are at greater risk of a variety health complications. It is vital that these babies and their mothers receive the best care and support in order to minimise these complications.
“Bliss wholeheartedly supports the new guideline, and believes it will be instrumental in improving outcomes for babies born prematurely and their mothers.
“We would also urge the government to look at increasing investment into neonatal services to maximise the effect of the new guideline, particularly in light of Bliss’ recent report which uncovered a system in crisis.”
If you would like to find out more about the new guideline, click here.
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