Preventing Preterm Birth. Kerri Thompson Advisor: Dr. Eric Reynolds. Background. Preterm birth= infants delivered after 20wks and before 37wks gestation The incidence of preterm birth has increased; 12% of births in the U.S.
Advisor: Dr. Eric Reynolds
Women pregnant with twins, etc.
Uterine or cervical abnormalities i.e. incompetent cervix
Premature membrane rupture
Short time between pregnancies
African-American women have a 2-fold increase in PTB
BMI<20 or obesity
Smoking, drinking, drugs
Stess, working long hrs
Late/no prenatal care
2nd trimester bleedingRisk Factors