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5 Ways To Reduce Preterm Births

5 Ways To Reduce Preterm Births

To mark the second annual World Prematurity Day, there is both encouraging and discouraging news about premature birth trends.


The good news: a new study in the Lancet finds that five interventions, including the elimination of medically unnecessary C-sections and discouraging pregnant women from smoking, can reduce preterm birth rates by 58,000 births. The bad news: even if the 39 higher-income countries in the study were to vigorously incorporate those interventions, they would result in just a 5% relative decrease in premature births by 2015.