Common method of preventing early births may be causing more

Lindsay Kindinger, Imperial College London

New research has found a commonly used method of preventing early or preterm birth (delivery of a baby before 37 weeks) may in fact be causing more to occur, and leading to further problems.

The “cervical cerclage” is a surgical procedure involving stitching the neck of the womb (the cervix) closed in pregnancy. The cerclage stitch prevents preterm birth