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Signs of Life

UK clinical guidance

Determination of signs of life following spontaneous births before 24+0 weeks of gestation where, following discussion with parents, active survival-focused care is not appropriate

This guidance is to support health care professionals in the assessment and documentation of signs of life in extremely preterm births. It aims to increase the consistency of the registration of births and deaths and reduce the confusion and distress experienced by parents.

Guidance and support videos available at:

November 2020

This guidance was developed in collaboration with:


Updated: Saturday, 02 April 2022 09:31 (v14)