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HHS Non-systematic Review

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last Reviewed: August 2016

This report presents public health strategies to prevent preterm birth and related complications. It highlights strategies that are intended to:

  • Increase women’s access to preconception care services
  • Identify women at risk for preterm delivery and provide access to effective preventive treatments
  • Discourage deliveries that aren’t medically necessary, especially before 39 weeks
  • Prevent unintended pregnancies and achieve optimal birth spacing
  • Encourage people to transfer a single embryo — rather than multiple embryos — for pregnancies achieved through assisted reproductive technology
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Shapiro-Mendoza, C. K. (2016). CDC grand rounds: public health strategies to prevent preterm birth. MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report, 65.