1 Denise Wheeler practices and teaches in the Family Practice Residency Program at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She also serves as adjunct clinical faculty for the University of Illinois and previously worked in a preterm birth prevention program.
PRETERM BIRTH PREVENTION
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1994 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 39, Issue S1, pages 66S–88S, March-May 1994
How to Cite
Wheeler, D. G. (1994), PRETERM BIRTH PREVENTION. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 39: 66S–88S. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(94)90065-5
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
The prevention of preterm birth may be the most important problem facing maternity care providers. Preterm birth occurs in 10% of all births in the United States and is associated with 83% of perinatal deaths not caused by congenital anomalies. This article reviews the anatomy and physiology of the uterus, the physiology of uterine contractions, the initiation of labor, the etiology of preterm labor, risk factors and risk scoring for preterm labor, and the diagnosis and management of preterm labor. The components of a preterm birth prevention program are described, and recommendations for clinical practice are made.