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Study finds preterm birth clinic attendance leads to major reduction in infant disability
Date:2/11/2011

SAN FRANCISCO (February 11, 2011) In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that when women at high risk for preterm birth participated in a preterm birth prevention clinic, more women delivered full term babies and there were fewer cases of infant morbidity.

The National Center for Health Statistic reports that in 2008, 12.3% of babies were born prematurely. Women who have had a prior preterm birth are at high risk to have another one. In 2008, Intermountain Healthcare created a preterm birth (PTB) prevention clinic to focus care for this high-risk population.

"We wanted to take a very aggressive approach to treating women with a history of preterm birth,' said Sean Esplin, M.D., of Intermountain Healthcare and one of the studies authors. "We gathered together the best treatments for women at high risk for preterm labor and administered them in a systematic way." He continued, "Then we designed a study to see if the intervention leads to better results in future pregnancies."

Esplin and his colleagues conducted a retrospective review of women with a single, non-anomalous fetus and ≥1 documented previous spontaneous PTB < 35 wks. Women enrolled in a PTB Prevention Clinic were compared with women identified from a contemporary large perinatal database (with ≥ 1 documented PTB < 35 wks followed by ≥ 1 subsequent pregnancies) who received Usual-Care. The PTB Prevention Clinic was consultative only and included three prescribed visits with a maternal fetal-medicine specialist and standardized management and counseling. All PTB Prevention Clinic patients were offered 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17OHPC) and were followed with serial cervical-lengths (CL); recommendations for liberal antenatal corticosteroid and tocolytic use were also made. Usual-Care patients were
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