Complications from premature birth remain the leading cause of death in an infant’s first month of life. Dr. Deborah A. Wing is recruiting pregnant women who have never carried a child to term for a study that seeks to identify problems that may lead to prematurity. A better understanding of these conditions could be used to improve the health of pregnant women and their babies in the future.
“It’s critical to examine the causes of preterm birth in women who have never carried a pregnancy to term,” says Wing, professor and director of maternal-fetal medicine in UC Irvine’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. “They comprise about 40 percent of pregnancies each year and, since there is no information from a previous birth, we need to find ways to predict a pregnancy’s outcome and intervene, when necessary.”