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Preterm Births

Born Small, Dreaming Big

Jill Teeters | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Jill Teeters

Seven years ago, I was pregnant with my first child and looking forward to my first Mother's Day. Like any mother, I worried. But, I never expected that my son Aidan would be born nearly 12 weeks too soon and would weigh only three pounds. Now, for me, every day is Mother's Day.

Catherine Pearson

Drop In U.S. Preterm Birth Rate Is Good News For American Mothers (Unless You're From The South)

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents

The rate of babies born prematurely in the U.S. dropped to a 15-year low of 11.5 percent in 2012, according to new figures released by the March of Di...

In Healthy Pregnancies, Let the Baby Set the Delivery Date

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

Right now, many dads and moms eagerly are awaiting the birth of their babies. Parents worry about enough things during pregnancy -- avoidable risks shouldn't be among them.

Report Recommends Steps To Prevent Preterm Births

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.16.2012 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- For all the miracle stories of tiny preemies who survive, the sad reality is that scientists know far too little about what triggers pre...

Saving Premature Babies

Jay Winsten | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Jay Winsten

Although India achieved a historic milestone with no new cases of polio, India still accounts for 24 percent of the world's 1.6 million annual deaths among children under five. This striking contrast begs the question: if polio can be defeated, why not early-childhood deaths?

A New Study Says We Can't Prevent Most Preterm Births, So What Now?

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

A new study out today makes it clear that training and equipping health workers to care for preterm babies is the key to saving the 1.1 million such babies who die every year. That's because we still know very little about how to prevent babies from being born too soon.

Catherine Pearson

And The U.S.' Grade On Preemies Is ...

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Parents

The preterm birth rate in the United States has declined for the fifth year in a row, hitting its lowest level in a decade, according to the March of ...

Universities Can Be Lifesavers

Allan D. Gilmour | Posted 10.21.2012 | College
Allan D. Gilmour

Sometimes, with great science and great care, we save lives. Simple concepts; profound impact.

A Father's Day to Remember

Douglas A. Staples | Posted 07.23.2012 | Impact
Douglas A. Staples

Premature birth strikes many families -- over 500,000 every year in the U.S. alone. Thankfully most of these babies do survive. But many face problems throughout their lives with their hearing and vision, walking and cognitive skills.

Preterms Births Soar, U.S. Ranks 130 Of 184

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents

* 11 percent of babies born premature in 2010, 1.1 million died * Experts estimate 75 percent could be saved * U.S. rat...

Lynne Peeples

Burdened Before Birth: Dangers Posed By Pesticides During Pregnancy

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 04.05.2012 | Green

An expectant mother's exposure to commonly used pesticides might pose risks to her developing fetus comparable to those long associated with tobacco s...

Catherine Pearson

C-Sections Not Always Best For Preemies

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.15.2012 | Parents

Cesarean sections may not be best for preterm babies who are small for their gestational age, a new study found. It suggests than those infants have n...

Progesterone: The Oldest "New" Drug to Nearly Reach the Market

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

There is a certain comfort that comes from prescribing an approved drug for its FDA-indicated purpose. However, the most exciting news in preterm birth prevention resulted from two studies published in 2003 using compounded progesterone. Since then, the involvement of Pharma and the FDA seems only to have undermined patient care.

Cervical Length in Pregnancy: Do You Know How Long Yours Is?

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 03.21.2012 | Parents
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

For years we have known the consequences of a short cervix. Now, we have a medication proven to work. It's time for obstetricians to put the pieces together and make measurement of the cervical length part of our routine.

Preterm Birth and a Really Sleazy Lawsuit

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

A new group of bad guys are writing the latest chapter in the sordid story of Makena, the FDA-approved version of progesterone used to prevent recurrent preterm births.

Catherine Pearson

New Study Ties Traffic Pollution To Premature Births

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Parents

With estimates suggesting that one in every eight babies in the U.S. is born premature, preterm births are a serious public health issue. New research...

Catherine Pearson

Premature Babies May Face Long-Term Health Problems

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Healthy Living

Premature birth is the leading cause of infant mortality in developed countries, but far less is known about what long-term impact -- if any -- being ...

8 Steps You Can Take to Prevent a Preterm Delivery

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2011 | Parents
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

The preterm delivery rate in the United States has crept up over the past couple of decades to one in every eight deliveries. Here are eight specific steps women can take to prevent a preterm delivery.

Teen Births Drop, Middle-School Drug Use Up

Huffington Post | Amanda Chan | Posted 09.07.2011 | Healthy Living

Teen births decreased from 2008 to 2009, but middle-school age drug use increased from 2009 to 2010, according to a new government report of the most ...

Too Many Babies Are Delivered Too Early

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Too many doctors -- and moms -- are disregarding advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to wait until at least 39 weeks ...

The Adventures of a Preterm Daddy: Part II

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember an old marine saying about rats leaving a sinking ship, so as the last weekend of April approached, we had the setting for a perfect storm.