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Table 4 Topics preferably addressed during prenatal counselling

From: Preferred prenatal counselling at the limits of viability: a survey among Dutch perinatal professionals

Topics to be discussed (preferred) (% of neonatologists)
The chance the baby will have disabilities (morbidity) 96%
The chance the baby will die (mortality) 94%
Intubation and/or ventilation 93%
Intraventricular hemorrhage 91%
Cognitive impairment (e.g. mental retardation) 90%
Motor impairment (e.g. cerebral palsy) 88%
Susceptibility for (nosocomial) infections 85%
Who will be present during the delivery 82%
RDS and/or surfactant administration 78%
Expected duration of the hospital stay 75%
Breast milk and/or pumping 74%
Total Parental Nutrition (TPN) 70%
Long term pulmonary impairment 67% (*)
Non-invasive respiratory support 60%
Vision problems and/or ROP 58% (*)
Tube feeding 58%
Necrotizing enterocolitis 54%
Infection as a cause of premature delivery 49%
Social services that are available 47%
Hearing problems 47% (*)
Apneas and/or caffeine 25%
Visiting hours 17%
Hygienic rules 13% (*)
Financial consequences for the family 11% (*)
  1. (*) p < 0.05 compared to current practice