Edges of Life: The Consequences of Prenatal Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

  • Robert C. Cefalo
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 41)


Of the approximately 3.5 million infants born alive in the United States each year, 4–6% enter neonatal critical care nurseries. The majority is admitted either for major congenital anomalies or low birth weight. Recent advances in maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology have contributed to dramatic decreases in mortality and morbidity. Therefore, a child born with major congenital anomalies or with low birth weight is much more likely to survive today.


Down Syndrome Prenatal Diagnosis Cesarean Delivery Twin Pregnancy Selective Reduction 
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