Prevention of preterm birth: Clinical opinion

Robert K. Creasy, Irwin R. Merkatz

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Spontaneous preterm delivery continues to be the most significant problem facing clinicians as we enter the 1990s. Prevention of preterm labor still awaits needed improvements in prediction. At present, most preterm birth prevention programs are based upon the early recognition of preterm labor followed by prompt tocolysis. Programs based upon patient education and support, daily contact by trained nurses, intermittent cervical assessment, and daily sampling of uterine activity have been associated with a decrease in preterm birth. The exact contribution of each component to reduce preterm birth remains to be defined and, at present, a combination of the components is still suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2S-4S
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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