In Medical legal issues in the prevention of prematurity, neonatology experts DE Seubert, WM Huang, and R Wasserman-Hoff of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York University write:
Preterm birth remains the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in the world today. This article discusses ways the treatment team can inform parents of probable outcomes and help them reach decisions about treatment for the newborn under emotionally fraught conditions. In addition to supporting the patient, these approaches may help the clinician avoid malpractice litigation.
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