A preterm birth (sometimes called “preterm labor”) is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby’s estimated due date or before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy. At Weill Cornell Medicine, we understand that preterm birth can be frightening and overwhelming. We are here to support you and your baby’s health at all times.
The best way to care for yourself and your baby is to receive early and regular care from a highly trained obstetrician, including our team at Weill Cornell Medicine. We are dedicated to reducing the risk of preterm birth by providing personalized medical care throughout your pregnancy.
Currently, the cause of preterm birth is unknown. Our highly trained maternal-fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy) specialists are experts in determining if you are at higher risk for preterm birth — and helping you and your baby experience the healthiest possible pregnancy and birth.
If your baby is born before the 37th week of your pregnancy, we provide a nurturing and supportive environment for you, your baby and your chosen family. Our Division of Newborn Medicine (neonatology) is a nationally leader in caring for newborns and will provide the absolute best healthcare for your child.
Compassionate, individualized care: Our team takes a personalized approach to care for patients in high-risk groups. We will work with you to determine which interventions will lower your risk for preterm birth.
During regular prenatal visits, you and your healthcare provider will talk about symptoms of preterm labor and full-term labor.
If you have any symptoms of preterm labor, including contractions, cramps, back pain or fluid leaking from your vagina, contact your healthcare provider right away.
Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists.
Weill Cornell Medicine partners with NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S. NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns is dedicated to the unique healthcare needs of pregnant patients and their newborn babies.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns is a Level IV NICU — the highest recognition possible in newborn intensive care. Our newborn care is provided by Weill Cornell Medicine neonatologists (doctors who specialize in caring for newborn babies).
Our team of obstetricians works with maternal-fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy) specialists, neonatologists, respiratory therapists, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists and pharmacists to provide individualized care for high-risk pregnancies and preterm infants.
If you are considered to be at higher risk for preterm birth, our specialists will provide you with extra care during your pregnancy. Our team is also involved in research to understand and decrease preterm birth, so your care is based on the most advanced research and knowledge available.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, our team offers the most advanced and comprehensive interventions available, including:
● Vaginal cerclage: a surgical procedure in which the cervix is stitched closed with sutures that help support the uterus
● Progesterone supplements: a vaginal or intramuscular therapy that can reduce the risk of preterm birth in patients with a history of preterm birth or who have a short cervix
Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion. Our team has taken every step to keep our facilities safe for you to continue your care. Learn more about our safety measures and the changes we’ve made to enhance your patient experience.
The physicians at the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.