Preventing Preterm Birth


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The complications that result from preterm birth constitute major public health challenges in the United States. ACOG District II is working to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with preterm birth by providing education for both clinicians and patients. By supporting women’s healthcare providers and empowering patients to ask questions about their risk, we’re fostering better, more informed dialogue on how to prevent preterm birth. Click on the icons below to learn more.

Clinician Information

  • Clinician education videos:
    1) 17OHPC, 2)Short Cervix
  • Latest clinical trials and evidence-based research
  • Guidance on 17OHPC use and in-office protocols
  • Cervical length screening
  • Ultrasound detection of short cervix

Patient Information

  • Learn about preterm birth, your risk factors, and medical treatment options
  • Printable worksheet and brochure
  • Short, infographic video
  • Take our patient survey
  • Links to helpful sites around the web
  • ¡Disponible en español!

Preterm Birth Fast Facts

  • 12% of deliveries in the U.S. occur preterm, contributing to an estimated 85% of perinatal morbidity and mortality cases
  • Preterm deliveries cost the U.S. healthcare system approximately $26 billion annually
  • The preterm birth rate has increased by 20% since 1990
  • In New York State, the preterm birth rate for African-American women is the highest at 16.4% of live births. This is followed by Native Americans (12.9%), Hispanic (12.8%), Asian (10.4%), and Caucasian (10.2%).
  • In 2010, 1 in 9 babies was born preterm in New York State

Sources: 1. Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Ventura SJ. National Vital Statistics Reports Web Release; Vol 61, no. 5: National Center for Health Statistics; 2012; 2. Arias E, McDorman MF, Strobino DM, Guyer B. “Annual summary of vital statistics – 2002.” Pediatrics, 2003: 112, 1215; 3. National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data. Institute of Medicine. 2006. Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention. National Academy Press, Washington, DC; 4. New York State Department of Health. Vital Statistics, Table 11a: Live Births by Birthweight and Resident County – 2010.; 5. March of Dimes. Born Too Small and Too Soon In New York,

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