"Should very premature babies be saved?
Babies born 4 months early - in the 23rd week of pregnancy - exist on the very edge of life. A few go on to survive – truly 'miracle babies' - but most die. Of the few that do survive, many will face long-term disabilities. A new BBC2 documentary follows the babies born in such extreme prematurity on a Birmingham neonatal unit to ask the difficult question: is it always right to keep them alive? Jane Garvey meets Lucy, whose daughter Matilda did survive, to talk about the choices she had to make during that crucial time in intensive care. Professor David Field, president of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and Daphne Austin, consultant in Public Health Medicine, discuss the poor outcomes of such premature babies, and whether the NHS has got its priorities right."
23 Week Babies: The Price of Life
Babies born four months early - in the 23rd week of pregnancy - exist on the very edge of life. A few go on to become the 'miracle babies' of glossy magazines, but most die. Award-winning director Adam Wishart has unprecedented access to the babies born in such extreme prematurity on a Birmingham neonatal unit, and asks the difficult question: is it always right to keep them alive?
It does appear that Radio 4 is soon becoming Radio KHAW.
All that huffing and puffing and hissing and spitting over what I said on the Victoria Derbyshire Show is just a difference of presentation.
Babies who are born at 23 weeks should be left to die, says NHS chief