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The simple fact is that more and more babies require specialised care when they are born than ever before.
This is down to several factors including advances in treatment and technology leading to better care and improved survival for babies born extremely prematurely (as early as 22 or 23 weeks). There are an increased number of infants successfully managed with complex congenital surgical problems, and increased numbers of preterm multiple births from the success of fertility treatments.
The increasing incidence of premature birth and the improving survival rates mean incredible strains are being placed on the budgets, infrastructure and equipment being used to treat them, especially as technological advances accelerate research opportunities and new treatments.
The pace of change in neonatal care will never be this slow again.