WHAT TO EXPECT
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.