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Preventing Preterm Birth

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Preterm birth is a major cause of neonatal death and can lead to long-term health problems such as learning disabilities, vision and hearing impairment, chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy. However, preventing premature labour is a problem that doesn’t yet have an effective solution.

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Preterm birth is a major cause of neonatal death and can lead to long-term health problems such as learning disabilities, vision and hearing impairment, chronic lung disease and cerebral palsy. In addition to the personal trauma and difficulties that preterm birth can bring to a family, it can also lead to significantly increased healthcare costs and long-term demands on many broader aspects of society. Even though the dangers of preterm birth are widely acknowledged, preventing premature labour is a problem that doesn’t yet have an effective solution and there are very few risk reduction strategies that are truly effective.

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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at www.MindBodyInk.com.
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Tara Aitken
20 Aug 2021
This article was interesting and has noted an area that requires alot more research.
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Ursula Wulff
18 Oct 2021
Good summary.
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Belinda Barnes
17 Sep 2021
Could have included recent research on ultrasound measuring of cervical length at anatomy scan and preterm birth clinics.
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Rebecca Curr
20 Aug 2021
It's evidence based and informative.
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Sarah leong
07 Sep 2021
Excellent
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Yolanda Skaal
22 Aug 2021
Well researched
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Rosemary Donald
24 Aug 2021
The causes of premature labour were identified which reinforced my knowledge of Midwifery which I have studied. Working in the perioperative area of patient care, and being aware of potential risks of the pre term LUSCS, I can facilitate optimal care for both the mother, father and infant in conjunction with the health care team.
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Wendy Mahon
20 Aug 2021
It was a concise review of the possible causes of premature births
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Emma Ryan
29 Sep 2021
Good short article and up to date references
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Debbie
05 Sep 2021
Reinforced knowledge around how supporting families, especially low socioeconomic ones, having continuity of Midwife care and healthy lifestyle can change outcomes. Smoking cessation advice is so important.
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