A password is required to submit a request for an internal transfer. In order to obtain the password you can check any of the following resources: Login to the employee portal, check the current issue of "Regional High Points" newsletter, contact HR, or read this week's "Daily Announcements".
In most cases, the cause is of preterm labor is unknown.
Some preterm labor is associated with preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). PPROM is the rupture of both the amniotic sac and chorion membranes. It generally occurs at least one hour before labor begins.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Your doctor may recommend tests to check your cervix and membranes have ruptured. An
will help your doctor see internal structures and the baby.
Fluids in the cervix will also be tested for sign of labor progression. A tocometer may be placed to help monitor contractions.
Treatment will depend on your baby's development, especially the growth of the lungs. If your doctor believes the baby is ready, the labor may be allowed to continue. If the baby is not ready to be delivered, your doctor may try to stop the labor. Stopping labor is a complicated process and may not always work. Some treatment options may include:
Tocolytics—may delay labor for a few days
Corticosteroids—to help the baby's lungs develop
Antibiotics—if an infection is suspected or present
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Management of stillbirth.
Hall R. Prevention of premature birth: do pediatricians have a role?
Premature labor. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Updated May 2007. Accessed October 9, 2012
Preterm labor. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Updated March 15, 2013. Accessed April 22, 2013.
Prevention of preterm labor and preterm birth. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Updated January 16, 2013. Accessed April 22, 2013.
10/29/2008 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance ...(Click grey area to select URL) Bakhireva LN, Schatz M, et al. Asthma control during pregnancy and the risk of preterm delivery or impaired fetal growth. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2008;101:137-143.
7/6/2009 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance ...(Click grey area to select URL) Kumar A, Devi SG, et al. Calcium supplementation for the prevention of pre-eclampsia. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009;104:32-36.
1/22/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance ...(Click grey area to select URL) Calderon-Margalit R, Qiu C, et al. Risk of preterm delivery and other adverse perinatal outcomes in relation to maternal use of psychotropic medications during pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol . 2009;201(6):579.e1-8.
8/23/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance ...(Click grey area to select URL) McDonald SD, Han Z, et al.; Knowledge Synthesis Group. Overweight and obesity in mothers and risk of preterm birth and low birth weight infants: systematic review and meta-analyses. BMJ. 2010;341:c3428.
10/25/2012 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance ...(Click grey area to select URL) Mori R, Ota E, et al. Zinc supplementation for improving pregnancy and infant outcome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Jul 11;7:CD000230.
11/19/2013 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance ...(Click grey area to select URL) Roos N, Neovius M, et al. Perinatal outcomes after bariatric surgery: nationwide population based matched cohort study. BMJ. 2013;347:f6460.
3/31/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance ...(Click grey area to select URL) Englund-Ögge L, Brantsæter AL, et al. Maternal dietary patterns and preterm delivery: results from large prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2014 Mar 4;348:g1446.
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.