Preterm prevention program should go national

A prevention program that cut preterm birth rates by 8% a year in WA should be implemented nationally, say the obstetricians who developed it.

The program, based on talking face-to-face with clinicians about key interventions needed, could potentially cut preterm birth rates by one-third over five years, say Professor John Newnham and colleagues at the University of WA.

The initiative, started in 2014, is based on an outreach program to educate medical practitioners about new clinical guidelines and a public health campaign targeting women to avoid risk factors for preterm birth.