I love the words ‘prevention’ and ‘health’ together. I feel that it connotes actions we can take and health problems we never have to deal with. Although World Prematurity Day has come and gone, it is a passion of mine to spread the word about anything that can help bring healthy babies into the world.
Did you know that prematurity is a public health epidemic? There are 13 million pre-term births in the world and ½ million in the U.S. each year. While most pre-term births survive, it can have long-term health consequences for those babies, and there is no accounting for the emotional toll it takes on families.
A short cervix is recognized as a cause for pre-term births, but with no known treatments, measuring your cervix didn’t really matter. In the past year, new research shows there is something that can be done about it. It turns out that measurement is necessary and you must ask for it, and moreover, time is of the essence.