Maternal chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is associated with a 16% increase in risk of preterm birth (PTB), with substantial heterogeneity, according to an updated systematic review and meta-analysis.
The fetal fibronectin (fFN) test alone had a sensitivity of 66.7% and a specificity of 97.2% in predicting spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB) in symptomatic twin pregnancies, according to a small pilot study of 40 women.
Preterm birth is a public health concern. Each year in the U.S., nearly one in ten babies are born preterm…meaning less than 37 weeks of pregnancy or more than 3 weeks prior to the expected due date. That’s nearly 400,000 babies every year born too early in this country.
Seven strategies to fight the rising tide.
Answers to frequently asked questions about when to perform CL measurement
Dispatches from the SMFM 36th Pregnancy meeting looks at how routine screening for preterm birth should be in at risk pregnancies; a look at the role of cervical smooth muscle cells in preterm birth; the potential association between preterm birth and maternal mortality. Plus: A look at the impact of recommendations on cesarean delivery.
Steady declines in preterm birth are good news but there are more newborn lives to save.