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Reducing the risk for preterm birth: evidence and implications for neonatal nurses.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15273947     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The incidence of preterm birth has been slowly rising despite advances in obstetric health care. Neonatal nurses have ongoing contact with women who have had a preterm birth and, thus, who are at high risk to have another preterm birth. This article discusses current evidence about reducing risk for preterm birth. Although preterm birth cannot always be prevented, preconception care can help identify and modify maternal risk and promote optimal health before conception. Quality prenatal care, as defined by the Institute of Medicine, consists of continuing risk assessment, health promotion, and interventions to modify medical and psychosocial risk. When these 3 components are consistently applied, they may confer some protection against preterm birth. Women at highest risk for preterm birth need to seek prenatal care from an expert in maternal-fetal medicine. Women also need to learn about the common, subtle signs of preterm labor so they can recognize symptoms and quickly seek treatment. Neonatal nurses can provide critical information and anticipatory guidance to women at risk for preterm birth so they can make sound decisions about future pregnancies.
Judith A Maloni; Elizabeth G Damato
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in neonatal care : official journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1536-0903     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Neonatal Care     Publication Date:  2004 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-26     Completed Date:  2004-12-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101125644     Medline TA:  Adv Neonatal Care     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  166-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44109-4904, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Evidence-Based Medicine
Health Promotion
Infant, Newborn
Neonatal Nursing* / methods,  standards
Nurse's Role
Preconception Care* / standards
Premature Birth / nursing*,  prevention & control*,  psychology
Prenatal Care* / standards
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Comment In:
Adv Neonatal Care. 2004 Jun;4(3):175-6   [PMID:  15273948 ]

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