"Follow-up and Prevention of Preterm Birth Using a Mobile Strategy "
Preterm birth (PTB), delivery prior to 37-week gestation, accounts for 35% of infant deaths in the first year of life [minority populations], and substantial short- and long-term morbidity in survivors. Despite rigorous efforts to understand and mitigate PTB, it remains a significant clinical and financial burden for families and society [$26.2 billion in the US in 2005]. Although the causes of preterm birth are likely multifactorial, one major risk factor is known: women who have delivered a preterm infant have an increased risk of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies. The risk of recurrent PTB is directly proportional to the number of prior PTBs, and is inversely proportional to the gestational age of the previous PTB. To date, many prematurity prevention initiatives focus on general education approaches targeting broad populations of pregnant women. We propose to supplement these broad-scale initiatives with targeted prevention approaches focused on high-risk women who have had a preterm birth. Dr. Wang will discuss the development and testing of a mobile app to help mothers of preterm infants take care of their children; the app will also educate, engage and empower mothers in preventing preterm births in future pregnancies.
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