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Decisions for life made in the perinatal period: who decides and on which standards?

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  • Competing interests: Dr Ahluwalia has been a member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) working party on developing a framework for practice on the management of extreme prematurity. Mr Lees is due to contribute to the development of a BAPM framework on palliative care in the newborn. The views expressed in this article are personal to the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of any organisation or institution to which the authors are affiliated.