Considerable evidence now exists supporting the concept that the regionalization of perinatal or newborn intensive care centers is highly desirable.1-45 It is my hope that a brief review of data not summarized previously will provide interested physicians with support for the argument in favor of regionalization.

There is general agreement that such programs are worthwhile; although, because of their several different approaches, no specific therapy available in such centers can be singled out as the prime reason for their success in reducing perinatal mortality. Nevertheless, this success can presumably be attributed to increased cooperation with obstetrical departments, and to the constant availability of a larger number of trained personnel devoting full-time attention to the infant, newborn, and unborn.

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