The incidence of preterm birth continues to rise worldwide. In the UK, 7.8% of babies are born prematurely (<37 weeks) which accounts to approximately 60,000 births per year.¹
The causes of preterm births are not fully understood, although there are some related risk factors.2
If you would like to learn more about how to understand the true risk of patients with traditional risk factors please go to: How fFN testing can help
In some cases, it is unclear why labour starts early, although there is a greater chance of this happening for women who have had a preterm baby or a late miscarriage before.3 It is important to be aware and educate your patients about the symptoms of preterm labour.
The signs of premature labour can be similar to the signs of labour that starts at full term and this can include;4
When a patient is experiencing symptoms of preterm labour, you need to determine if her risk of preterm birth is real or perhaps quite low. In the UK, 140,000 women exhibit signs and symptoms of preterm labour per year but less than 5% go on to deliver within 14 days.5
Fetal fibronectin (fFN) testing can precisely measure your patient’s true risk of preterm labour and allow you to provide the right care.
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