A moving line in the sand: A review of obstetric management surrounding periviability

Kavita S. Arora*, Emily Stinnett Miller

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Periviable birth poses numerous clinical and ethical challenges for the practicing clinician. We review the data surrounding the administration of corticosteroids for fetal lung maturity, antibiotics in the case of preterm premature rupture of membranes, magnesium sulfate for cerebral palsy prophylaxis, fetal monitoring, and cesarean delivery. The ethical complexities of patient counseling are also reviewed with a recommendation toward shared decision making between patient and physician. TARGET AUDIENCE: Obstetricians and gynecologists, family physicians LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After completing this CME activity, physicians should be better able to assess the literature surrounding administration of corticosteroids for fetal lung maturity, antibiotics in the case of preterm premature rupture of membranes, magnesium sulfate for cerebral palsy prophylaxis, fetal monitoring, and cesarean delivery in the setting of periviability; judge the ethical complexities surrounding periviability, and evaluate the limitations to the evidence for both clinical and ethical management of periviability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-368
Number of pages10
JournalObstetrical and Gynecological Survey
Volume69
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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