Sometimes the best way to give a baby the greatest chance of survival is through prevention of preterm birth. This is especially true for high-risk pregnancies, which puts mom at an increased chance of delivering preterm (before 37 weeks). A high-risk pregnancy occurs when a woman has conditions – preexisting or developed during pregnancy – […]
On the one hand, the most recent data (2014) shows Ohio’s infant mortality rate has improved – previously ranked 45th to now 38th overall in the U.S. On the other, it shows Ohio’s African American population infant mortality rate continues to be more than twice that of Caucasians, ranking dead last in the nation. […]
When a woman becomes pregnant, she’s inundated with information that often includes numbers – blood pressure count, weight gain, weeks gestation and the list goes on. One statistic she may not be aware of is that prematurity – a baby born more than 3 weeks early – is the No. 1 cause of infant death. […]
One in 9 babies is born prematurely, according to the March of Dimes. For pregnant women who are at risk for delivering prematurely, an evidence-based treatment approach may reduce their chances of having a preterm birth. Below are some common questions – and answers – about this treatment, called progesterone supplementation.
For the past 17 weeks I have been getting a weekly Progesterone shot in order to try to ward off any preterm labor. Really, in the world of prematurity, Bekah was only 5 weeks early, and that should not have been a big deal at all.