Prenatal Urine Test May Predict Risk For Preterm Birth

Prenatal Urine Test May Predict Risk For Preterm Birth

A recent study concluded that a new test – a simple non-invasive urinary test – could help predict a mother's risk for preterm delivery. Premature births – defined as a delivery before 37 weeks of pregnancy – can have significant, long-term effects on both the child and family. According to the National Institute of Health, Infants born preterm are at greater risk than infants born at term for mortality and a variety of health and developmental problems.

These health complications include "acute respiratory, gastrointestinal, immunologic, central nervous system, hearing, and vision problems, as well as longer-term motor, cognitive, visual, hearing, behavioral, social-emotional, health, and growth problems."

Although not all preterm births are preventable, doctors and other care professionals may be able to identify mothers and infants at risk, and take actions to help reduce a mother's chance of preterm delivery, and also decrease the possibility of a birth injury resulting from a preterm birth. The failure to take these steps can constitute negligence. Where a child suffers harm as the result, it may be possible to file a claim for medical malpractice and hold the physician, hospital or other health care provider responsible for damages.

This new test shows great promise in providing a simple method for detecting the risk for premature birth and other fetal development concerns.

For more information, or if you believe you child suffered harm as the result of negligent medical care, please contact the experienced San Diego birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate and confidential consultation.


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