Preterm Birth: Pathophysiology, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment

  title={Preterm Birth: Pathophysiology, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment},
  author={I. Hudi{\'c} and B. Stray-Pedersen and V. Tomi{\'c}},
  journal={BioMed Research International},
Preterm delivery before 37 gestational weeks is a major challenge in perinatal health care. Over the past 30, the incidence of preterm delivery in most developed countries has been about 7–10% of live births. Some evidence shows that this incidence has increased slightly in the past few years, but the rate of birth before 32 weeks' gestation is almost unchanged, at 1-2%. Several factors have contributed to the overall rise in the incidence of preterm delivery. These factors include increased… Expand