Good Samaritan NICU Celebrates 50 Years and World Prematurity Day
We Want to See Your NICU Graduates
Did you deliver a baby at the Good Samaritan Hospital NICU? If so, we want to hear from you.
In celebration of the NICU's 50th anniversary, in conjunction with World Prematurity Day on November 17, we're collecting photos of NICU graduates.*
Preterm Birth Risk Factors
Preterm birth is a birth that takes place before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy.
There are a number of risk factors that can contribute to preterm birth, and while some cannot be changed, there are certain risk factors that are modifiable, including:
- Quit smoking before conception.
- Wait at least 12 months between the birth of one child and conceiving the next child.
- For mothers with a history of preterm birth, seek progesterone therapy during pregnancy.
- If you’re undergoing fertility therapy, talk to your doctor about how to mitigate your risk of multiple gestations
Michael Marcotte MD, of Tri-State Maternal-Fetal Medicine Associates, recommends that if you have risk factors for preterm birth, schedule a visit with an OB specialist before pregnancy, or at least in the first trimester of pregnancy, to discuss options for preventative management.
*Photo submissions will be printed and displayed in the NICU, and could be featured in an upcoming NICU article with Local 12.
Last Updated: October 22, 2015