Prediction and Prevention of Preterm Birth

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


Preterm birth is defined as delivery between 20 and 37 weeks gestation. Neonatal mortality and short- and long-term morbidity are significant complications of preterm birth. Preterm birth can be spontaneous or iatrogenic. Gestational ages are the most significant prognostic predictor of fetal outcomes [1].


PTL Tocolysis Preterm PTD Contractions Cervical length 


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    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin no. 130: prediction and prevention of preterm birth. Obstet Gynecol. 2012;120:964–73.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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