Nonviable Pregnancy

“While the concept of a viable and nonviable pregnancy is relatively easy to grasp, it is governed by strict definitions. From a clinical perspective, a viable pregnancy is one in which the baby can be born and have a reasonable chance of survival. By contrast, a nonviable pregnancy is one in which the fetus or baby has no chance of being born alive.

Explicit diagnostic criteria have been designed to make clear when the termination of a nonviable pregnancy is warranted. Exacting, uniform standards are used to eliminate variation in how “reasonable chance of survival” is interpreted to ensure that the diagnosis of nonviable means the fetus has died and/or can’t live outside the womb.” Read More


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