One in nine babies will be born prematurely. That’s more than 450,000 each year in the United States. While the preterm birth rate in 2012 was at a 15-year low, there is still much progress to be made. Because of the statistics and the life-threatening potential of premature labor, it is vital to understand the risks and complications associated with preterm birth.
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Preterm Birth Causes and Risks
Risk factors of premature birth include:
- Chronic health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure
- Pregnancy with multiples (triplets or twins)
- Uterine or cervical problems
- Consuming alcohol or drugs
- Infections during pregnancy
- Physical trauma or stress
- Prior preterm labor
- In vitro fertilization
- Poor nutrition
To combat these statistics, UPMC Magee is pioneering research on preterm birth. For more information, visit the Magee NICU.
Want to learn more about maternal fetal medicine and preterm birth? Check out our Medical Monday’s post on Newborn Medicine.
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For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. More than 9,000 babies are born each year at Magee. The hospital also treats men for a variety of conditions, including surgical treatment. The Magee-Womens Research Institute was the first center to focus research only on conditions involving women and their infants.