Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Preventing Pre-Term Births
(KUTV) Pre-term births are the leading cause of newborn deaths here in the U.S.
A collaborative study between Intermountain Medical Center and the University of Utah has identified a new approach to preventing pre-term births.
Statistics show nearly half a million babies are born prematurely every year in the United States.
Doctor Sean Esplin is a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. He was one of the authors of a study that looked into whether doctors could prevent premature births.
Progesterone is a hormone that is naturally produced during pregnancy. This study showed that injections of progesterone early in pregnancy reduced the risk of having another preterm birth by about a third.
Doctor Esplin says the study will determine whether there is a way to personalize the treatment for women at risk for preterm births.
He also says that women who have had a previous preterm birth should talk to their doctor before they start trying to get pregnant once again.
Women should also be taking measures to prevent preterm births, those measures include: stop smoking, take your prenatal vitamins and get your regular prenatal checkups.
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