‘Early-Term’ Births Significantly Increase Risk of Preterm Births, Says Study – UCSF

pregnant-woman-with-nurse_0A new study led by UC San Francisco researchers found that women whose first child was born at 37 to 38 weeks – so-called “early-term” birth – are two to three times more likely to experience preterm birth, defined as birth at a gestational age less than 37 weeks, when giving birth to a second child. The identification of this new risk factor may be a boon to doctors, who are rarely able to predict preterm birth, which occurs in nearly one in 10 births and is the leading cause of infant mortality. [read on]

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