Western Australian researchers have discovered how to prevent premature births, uncovering a key indicator that a woman may go in to early labour.
Doctors from King Edward Memorial Hospital discovered if a woman’s cervix is too short during pregnancy, she is more likely to have a preterm birth.
The treatment is quite simple, reports nine news.
“If a woman has a short cervix in mid-pregnancy, a vaginal progesterone, so a tablet made of the natural hormone progesterone in the vagina, taken each evening will nearly halve the chance of her delivering early,” Chair and Founder of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance Professor John Newnham said.
The discovery has changed protocols in WA, and it is now procedure to measure the cervix midway through the pregnancy.
The program, which launched in 2014, led to a reduction in premature births in the state by eight percent that same year.
The program is considered so successful the Federal Government will roll it out nationwide, implementing the program in New South Wales and Victoria first.
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