Research Article

Referral of mothers and infants for intensive care.

Br Med J 1979; 2 doi: (Published 18 August 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;2:414
  1. A M Blake,
  2. M J Pollitzer,
  3. E O Reynolds


    During 1975-7, 96 mothers were referred to University College Hospital for delivery from 39 other hospitals because their pregnancies were considered to be at very high risk. One hundred of the 111 infants born to the 96 mothers weighed 2500 g or less and 60 weighed 1500 g or less. A high proportion of the infants developed serious illnesses necessitating intensive care. The birth-weight-specific neonatal mortality rates of the infants were much lower than those of infants born in England and Wales as a whole and were also lower than those of the 370 infants transported to this hospital for intensive care after delivery elsewhere. Whenever possible mothers with very high-risk pregnancies should be referred for delivery to centres with full facilities for the intensive care of the mother, fetus, and newborn infant.