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Gestational age and birth before 40 weeks of gestation
  1. Neil Marlow
  1. Institute for Womens Health, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Neil Marlow, Institute for Womens Health, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK; n.marlow{at}

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The relationship between gestational age at birth and later cognitive, educational and behavioural problems is well described but trying to work out relevant influences on these important outcomes is so important. Parents struggle to make wise choices for their children and, particularly over the key milestone of going to school and supporting their child in education. To this we should perhaps add the planning of birth near term.

The data presented from the Millennium Cohort Study add to the information we have on special educational needs (SEN) in relation to gestational age. Births were grouped into very preterm (<32 weeks), moderate preterm (32–33 weeks), late preterm (34–36 weeks), early term (37–38 weeks) and by week thereafter. The data show nicely the increased …

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