The Ballard Score Maturational Assessment of Gestational Age in Newly Born Infants

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The maturational assessment of gestational age is a clinical tool that may be influenced by certain biological factors. A working knowledge of the assessment tool includes a knowledge of the standardized method for performing the exam, and an awareness of those intrauterine factors that influence the neuromuscular and physical maturational rates of the fetus. This approach increases the accuracy and validity of the tool and facilitates the examiner's understanding and interpretation of the score.

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