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In neonatology, the correct gestational age (GA) is extremely important, as the viability and survival of the premature baby depend on it. A difference of a few hours or a day can have a substantial impact on the survival and long term morbidity of premature babies.
Doctors are trained to report the GA of a premature baby in exact days—for example, 26+4 (GA = 26 completed weeks and 4 days). Reporting …