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How does the BAPM Framework for Practice on Perinatal Management of Extreme Preterm Birth Before 27 Weeks of Gestation impact delivery of Newborn Life Support? A Resuscitation Council UK response
  1. Joe Fawke1,2,
  2. Robert J Tinnion3,
  3. Victoria Monnelly4,
  4. Sean B Ainsworth5,
  5. Jonathan Cusack1,
  6. Jonathan Wyllie2,6
  1. 1 Neonatology, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  2. 2 Resuscitation Council (UK), London, UK
  3. 3 Neonatal Medicine, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  4. 4 Neonatology, Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh, UK
  5. 5 Women and Children's Services, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Fife, UK
  6. 6 Neonatology, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joe Fawke, Neonatology, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, LE1 5WW, UK; joe.fawke{at}


In October 2019, the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) published a Framework1 and associated infographic2 for ‘Practice on Perinatal Management of Extreme Preterm Birth Before 27 Weeks of Gestation’. This outlined an approach, based on data from the UK and abroad, to assist clinicians in decision-making relating to perinatal care at ≤26+6 weeks gestation. Many frontline providers of delivery room care of extremely preterm infants will have completed a Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) Newborn Life Support or Advanced Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant course. This RCUK response to the BAPM Framework highlights how this might impact on their approach.

  • neonatology
  • resuscitation
  • ethics
  • outcomes research

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  • Contributors All authors contributed equally to this review.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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