There is now ample evidence that measuring the cervix with transvaginal ulttrasound can identify pregnancies that may be at risk for preterm labor and delivery and treating them with progesterone may decrease preterm labor and delivery.
Compared with no treatment, cervical cerclage reduces the incidence of preterm birth in women at risk of recurrent preterm birth without statistically significant reduction in perinatal mortality or neonatal morbidity and uncertain long-term impact on the baby.
A new global television message from Celine Dion calls on families to use social media to connect with each other and ask governments take action to prevent premature births and save babies’ lives.
According to the Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, more than 15 million infants are born before their due dates.That translates to about one out of every 10 births.
In pregnancy, the term "viabilty" is often used to describe different situation. Viability may apply to the baby potentially surviving if born prematurely, and it also may mean that the fetus is still alive inside the uterus.
The cervix is the cylindrical mouth of the uterus, separating it from the vagina. Normally, the cervix is at least 3-4 cm long (about 1 1/2 inches), and its length in pregnancy strengthens the protection of the fetus.
What does it do?
The following are risk factors for increased risk of premature labor and premature births.
There is a reverse direct relationship between cervical length and the risk of premature births.