This edition: Preventing Preterm Birth
Having a happy, healthy baby is the dream of many couples around the world but a preterm birth can turn that dream into a nightmare. When a baby is born too early or "preterm", defined as less than 37 weeks gestation there can be potentially serious short term and/or long term consequences on the baby's health and development. Although in most cases the cause is unknown, as we'll see in this program, there are some risk factors that may make it more likely that a woman will deliver preterm. Scientists have developed different treatments that may help a woman stay pregnant for a full forty weeks. We will speak with women who have delivered preterm and the doctors who treated them to hear some of the ways to help reduce the risk of preterm birth.