Heather Reynolds, CMN, MSN, is an assistant professor in the nurse-midwifery program at Yale University School of Nursing and the Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Service at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She received her M.S.N. in maternal-newborn nursing/nurse-midwifery from Yale in 1980. She previously taught in the graduate nurse-midwifery program at University of Colorado from 1983–1986, after which time she joined the Yale University faculty. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, she provides full-scope nurse-midwifery care.
BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS AND ITS IMPLICATION IN PRETERM LABOR AND PREMATURE RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES: A Review of the Literature
Version of Record online: 24 MAY 2011
1991 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 36, Issue 5, pages 289–296, September-October 1991
How to Cite
Reynolds, H. D. (1991), BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS AND ITS IMPLICATION IN PRETERM LABOR AND PREMATURE RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 36: 289–296. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(91)90043-O
- Issue online: 24 MAY 2011
- Version of Record online: 24 MAY 2011
Preterm delivery continues to occur in 5% to 10% of all births, with a perinatal mortality rate between 50% and 80%. In recent years, the role of infection with lower genital tract organisms in precipitating preterm labor/delivery and premature rupture of membranes has come under considerable study. This article reviews the mechanisms by which infection may play a role in these problems, with a specific focus on bacterial vaginosis. Clinical management issues are addressed, including screening of prenatal patients, diagnostic criteria, and treatment possibilities.