On December 11th at 12 p.m. EST, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM), American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), in cooperation with the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, are hosting a congressional briefing: “The Key to Reducing Infant Mortality: Reducing Preterm Birth.” This briefing follows a joint letter to Secretary Burwell, Department of Health and Human Services, which calls for attention in the national infant mortality reduction plan to the 2012 publications of SMFM, ACOG, and ACNM which outline a new preterm birth prevention strategy.
- Dr. Vincenzo Berghella, President, Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine
- Dr. Roberto Romero, Chief, Perinatal Research Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- Dr. Siobhan Dolan, Medical Advisor to the March of Dimes
- Jeff Myers, President and CEO, Medicaid Health Plans of America
If you would like to attend to briefing, please RSVP by Dec. 9 to Alex Fabian (202-621-7077 or afabian@G2Gconsulting.com).
For media inquiries, please contact Vicki Bendure (202-374-9259 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
With 24,000 infant deaths each year, the U.S. ranks 55th in the world for infant mortality. Nearly 70% of babies who die before their first birthday were born prematurely. The U.S. preterm birth rate of 11.5% also ranks among the worst in the world. The economic toll of preterm birth exceeds $26.2 billion annually, largely due to expensive Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) admissions.
In 2012, publications from SMFM, ACOG, and ACNM recommended expanding evidence based use progesterone intervention to two high risk populations. Progesterone is proven to reduce the rates of preterm birth, infant morbidity, and infant mortality while also reducing NICU admissions in singleton pregnancies with either a prior spontaneous preterm birth or premature cervical shortening. Screening for obstetric history is current practice. The addition of universal cervical length screening enables preventive treatment for all of the pregnant women, and their babies, who can benefit from progesterone.
Medicaid Health Plans of America Center for Best Practices recently released an Issue Brief addressing the impact of preterm birth on Medicaid. This publication includes guidance and resources for quality improvement initiatives to drive adoption of the professional society guidelines. Medicaid pays for 48% of pregnancies; and, this population suffers a disproportionate share of preterm births and adverse outcomes.