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Conference Overview

Approximately 1 in 10 babies in the US are born prematurely.  Recently this number has been increasing despite a significant amount of medical resources directed at this problem.  Preterm infants account for about 17% of infant deaths and surviving infants are at increased risk for lifelong disabilities.  There are also still significant racial/ethnic disparities in preterm birth rates with the rate for non-Hispanic black women being almost 50% higher than in non-Hispanic white women.  This conference endeavors to explore the history of preterm birth treatment and review proven effective strategies in management.  In addition, we will update our audience on recent advances in preterm birth prediction, prevention and management.  We will also discuss new directions and emerging strategies for the management of this persistent medical challenge.

  • Practicing Obstetricians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Residents
  • Family Practitioners
  • Obstetrical Nurses
  • Medical Students
  • Certified Nurse Midwives
  • MFM Fellows

Dress comfortably. We recommend you bring a jacket or sweater due to air conditioning.

Course Objectives

Understand the appropriate use of progestogens in preventing preterm birth.
Update on current recommendations for antenatal steroid use including periviable and late preterm use.
Learn the appropriate identification and management of the short cervix.
Understand the potential role for pessaries in preterm birth prevention.
Discuss the unique challenges of preterm birth prevention in multiples.
Introduce new management approaches such as group prenatal care.
Discuss social contributions to preterm birth including trauma and intimate partner violence.
Review interventions for improving neonatal outcomes including magnesium for neuroprotection and delayed cord clamping.
Explore how provider/staff burnout and swamping may contribute to preterm birth rates.
Examine racial disparities in preterm birth rates and identify potential strategies for improvement.

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