Baby - PEP
Leader of Baby-PEP;
Mariann Bentsen, MD, PhD Fellow
BabyPEP is a prospective population-based cohort study that has been ongoing since 2010 in the two tertiary referral hospitals in Western Norway (Haukeland and Stavanger University Hospital).
Women with threatening preterm delivery before 28 weeks of gestation are invited, and the infants are included if they are born before 28 weeks gestational age.
The overall objective of the study is to map out in detail all aspects or factors before, during and after birth that can predict the clinical outcome of the individual child.
Detailed prenatal, perinatal and neonatal history, examinations and treatments are consecutively recorded in a database during the hospital stay.
Amnion fluid, pieces of placenta, tracheal aspirates, blood and urine are collected for Biobanking.
When the infants reach about 1500 grams, they have their lung function assessed weekly by a new method; electromagnetic inductance plethysmography.
At term age an MRI scan of the head is performed.
After discharge the children are followed-up at 3, 6 and 12 months, 2 years, 3 years and 5 years of age by a multi-disciplinary team (doctor, nurse and physiotherapist ). Follow up includes clinical (standardised) examinations and parental questionnaires addressing various problems.
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