Table 2

Issues on parental antenatal counselling according to the 560 studied paediatricians

Never/ rarelySometimesAlways/ often
Frequency at which paediatricians are called for parent counselling before birth
Gestational age of 23 weeks484 (87%)47 (8%)28 (5%)
Gestational age of 24 weeks443 (79%)71 (13%)46 (8%)
Gestational age of 25 weeks418 (74%)83 (15%)59 (11%)
Gestational age of 26 weeks387 (69%)101 (18%)72 (13%)
Issues that paediatricians say they would address if called for parental counselling
Possibility of death16 (3%)40 (7%)504 (90%)
Possibility of survival27 (5%)58 (10%)475 (85%)
Possibility of not resuscitating in DR317 (57%)121 (21%)122 (22%)
Possibility of death in the DR100 (18%)106 (19%)354 (63%)
Possibility of limiting intensive care in the ICU314 (56%)123 (22%)123 (22%)
Possibility of death in the ICU despite all efforts17 (3%)45 (8%)498 (89%)
Factors that paediatricians say that would affect their discussion on resuscitation during parental counselling
Adolescent parents270 (48%)98 (18%)191 (34%)
Low socioeconomic level307 (55%)85 (15%)167 (30%)
Previous perinatal loss198 (35%)119 (21%)242 (44%)
Allocation of health resources320 (57%)104 (19%)135 (24%)
Paediatrician's opinion268 (48%)150 (27%)137 (25%)
Maternal risk (drugs, no prenatal care)204 (36%)109 (20%)246 (44%)
Emotional burden to the family185 (33%)121 (22%)253 (45%)
  • DR, delivery room; ICU, intensive care unit.