You have had a risk assessment at the beginning of your pregnancy that shows you may be at higher risk of premature birth. This may be because of one or more of the following conditions:
You may also have been referred to the preterm birth prevention clinic as a result of a previous birth experience.
These factors may slightly increase the risk of your baby coming early, but it does not mean that they definitely will.
Please bring your hand held pregnancy notes to every appointment.
The clinic hopes to reduce the chance of your baby being born early but unfortunately not all late miscarriages and preterm births can be prevented.
You and your doctor will make a personalised plan for your pregnancy depending on your individual pregnancy. This may include:
Depending on your individual circumstances, possible treatments include:
Research is an important part of trying to investigate why labour happens early, we may talk with you about trials that are running in the department.
Sometimes there are signs that you may be going in to early labour. Often this does not lead to early labour but it is important to seek advice if you think this is happening to you. Signs may include:
If you are over 16 weeks pregnant and have any of these of symptoms it is important not to wait for your next appointment. You should contact your midwife or local maternity unit immediately. You should inform them of your symptoms and that you are under the care of the preterm birth prevention clinic.