Preterm birth – having a baby before 37 weeks of pregnancy – is a leading cause of death and medical complications in infants. Sometimes labor begins too early (spontaneous preterm birth). Other times a doctor may recommend early delivery because the pregnancy is no longer healthy for the mother or the baby.
The cause of spontaneous preterm birth is largely unknown. Possible causes may include genetics, infection, social stress, and issues with the woman’s cervix. Pregnancies that are too close together may also contribute to preterm birth.
No matter what caused your preterm birth, research shows that you are more likely than other moms to deliver a baby early again. About 20 percent of moms with one preterm birth will have another.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center
2 Dudley Street, Suite 580
Providence, RI 02905
P: (401) 274-1122, ext. 42735
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday
*Scheduling of appointments is flexible
Many women feel overwhelmed after preterm birth. While it can be hard to think about yourself, it is important to take control of your reproductive life. This includes using appropriate birth control methods and getting pregnant again only when you are ready to get pregnant.
Don’t forget that emergency contraception is available over-the-counter or by prescription. You can take it in case of unprotected sex or a mistake using your birth control. Products include Plan B Onestep, Nextchoice and Ella.
Need assistance getting birth control? Women & Infants can help. Call the Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center’s Contraceptive Consult Clinic at (401) 274-1122, ext. 42740 or 42721.