A small but very positive study just released has demonstrated the ability to determine gestational age with a blood test as accurately as early ultrasound. Subsequent blood tests during the pregnancy appear to be accurate in determining who is at risk of delivering prematurely.
As the gift-giving season comes to a close, thoughts turn to the new year and new plans. Before we say goodbye to this year, consider closing out your 2017 planned giving to organizations that ethically support maternal-infant health globally, and in your own community.
Every November our focus turns to prematurity and Prematurity Awareness Month. In particular, November 17th (tomorrow) is Prematurity Awareness Day. For the second year in a row, the rate of babies born prematurely has risen and is now at 9.8% for 2016, up from 9.6 % in 2015.
Prematurity is a serious problem that affects families all around the globe. Learning what factors influence who may be at risk of delivering too early can be a significant contribution to reducing the impact of premature birth
Today, November 17th is World Prematurity Day, and all of November is Prematurity Awareness month. According to the March of Dimes Peristats Data Center, preterm birth, defined as a baby being born before the completion of 37 weeks gestation, affects nearly 10% of pregnant people.