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Preterm Surveillance Clinic

This is a specialist clinic for monitoring, treating and supporting women who are at increased risk of early, spontaneous (preterm) birth (between 24 and 34 weeks of pregnancy) or second trimester miscarriage (between 14 and 23 weeks of pregnancy). The clinic is run by midwives and obstetricians with a specialist interest in preterm birth. The clinic aims to provide individualised care, with most women being reassured before being discharged back to routine antenatal care. In small groups of women, treatments to reduce the risk of preterm labour may be discussed.

You may be referred to this clinic because you have risk factors for preterm birth. These may include one or more of the following:

  • Previous second trimester miscarriage
  • Previous preterm delivery
  • Previous premature rupture of membranes (bag of fluid around the baby)
  • Previous cervical (neck of the womb) surgery, such as a cone biopsy
  • Cervical stitch in previous pregnancy
  • A short cervix in this pregnancy
  • An unusually shaped uterus (womb)

If you have one or more of the above risk factors it does not mean you will have a premature birth or second trimester miscarriage.

If you would like any further information, please call the Preterm Surveillance team on 020 8934 3787.

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