Published in Women's Health Weekly, March 25th, 1996
Premature delivery occurs in 10 percent of all pregnancies and is the second most important contributor to perinatal mortality, after fetal anomalies. Despite efforts to counteract this problem, the rate of prematurity has not declined in the past 50 years.
The principle difficulty in reducing neonatal mortality rates as a result of premature delivery is predicting the onset of preterm labor. Once labor has actively started, the best that can be accomplished is generally short-term postponement and making the best of...
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