Preterm birth: An overview of risk factors and obstetrical management

Amanda Stewart, Ernest Graham

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Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and a major public health concern. Risk factors for preterm birth include a history of preterm birth, short cervix, infection, short interpregnancy interval, smoking, and African-American race. The use of progesterone therapy to treat mothers at risk for preterm delivery is becoming more widespread. Tocolytics may not prevent preterm birth but have a role in prolonging pregnancy for administration of medications to benefit the preterm infant. These include antenatal steroids and, if indicated, magnesium sulfate for neuroprotection and intravenous antibiotics for Group B Streptococcus prophylaxis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-288
Number of pages4
JournalDevelopmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010


  • Neonatal morbidity and mortality
  • Premature birth
  • Preterm labor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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