Preterm Birth Interventions

2016 Annual Clinical Meeting

Rita Driggers, MD, FACOG

Did you know that preterm birth is the largest single cause of infant death in this country, and the leading cause of neurological defects in infants? And yet, more than 11 percent of U.S. infants are delivered before 37 weeks of gestation. More than 450,000 babies were born preterm in 2012, one in every nine deliveries.

Watch the clinical seminar “Preterm Birth: Cerclage, 17-OH-P, Vaginal Progesterone, Tocolyze, or Cross Your Fingers?” for techniques that could help prevent preterm births. The clinical seminar was presented at 2015 ACOG Annual Meeting by Rita Driggers, MD, FACOG and associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

“Crossing your fingers is never a good option,” says Dr. Driggers. Instead, try using a variety of interventions that can reduce preterm births, delay preterm delivery and reduce morbidity and mortality in preterm babies.

See talks like this one first-hand at the 2016 ACOG Annual Meeting

Attend the 2016 ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, May 14-17, 2016, Washington, D.C. Registration opens in December 2015. Mark your calendar and book your sessions right away – many sell out fast. Take advantage of early-bird pricing.

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Virtual Meeting provides attendees and non-attendees with access to session recordings after the meeting. One package includes all postgraduate courses. Another package includes general courses from the Annual Meeting including clinical seminars, lunch seminars, surgical tutorials, subspecialty sessions, and colloquia lectures. Virtual Meeting is a great way to benefit from all the presented research.


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