Preventing preterm labor and birth is important for the health of your child. Babies born prematurely (before 37 weeks) can be critically ill at birth and experience lifelong health complications, including cerebral palsy, an eye disease called retinopathy of prematurity, undeveloped lungs, and developmental delays. Many of these issues can be avoided if you seek treatment to prevent preterm birth early in your pregnancy.
Prevention can begin before you become pregnant. We offer preconception consultations to women who have a history of delivering a premature baby or who have risk factors or a medical condition that puts them at high risk for preterm labor. These sessions provide insights into the possible reasons a premature birth occurred and offer potential prevention measures for future pregnancies.
Preterm Birth Prevention Plan
If you are pregnant and at elevated risk for preterm delivery, you will meet with a perinatologist who specializes in managing high-risk pregnancies. He or she will evaluate your condition, carefully review your medical history, and develop a comprehensive preterm birth prevention plan. Some medical interventions must be started as early as the first trimester, so it's best to seek care as soon as your baby's heartbeat has been confirmed.
Our goal is to maintain your pregnancy to 37 weeks or beyond.