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Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative achieves 8% reduction in rate of preterm birth

In a world first, The Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative (The Whole Nine Months), has successfully lowered the rate of preterm birth across WA by almost 8 per cent.

These results, published in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, have global implications for safely and effectively lowering the rate of preterm birth, saving countless lives and preventing lifelong disability.

The Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative has been unique in that it has harnessed both the entire health care workforce and the families of our state. It is the first program in the world to have safely lowered the rate of preterm birth across the gestational age spectrum, including births as early as the 28-31 week category.

Our strategy includes not only the health care practitioners who provide pregnancy care, but also the 34,000 women in our state who give birth each year. Western Australia is ideally placed to be a world-leader in this field.

Achieving an almost 8 per cent (196 fewer cases relative to the preceding year) reduction in the rate of preterm birth in the first year of implementation is very pleasing. Within the tertiary level center, the rate of preterm birth in 2015 was also significantly lower than in the preceding years.

If you are a heath care practitioner, pregnant, or considering a pregnancy, the information in this website is for you. On behalf of the many people who are contributing to this Initiative, I welcome you to this website and hope the information is of value to you.

PROFESSOR JOHN NEWNHAM  AM
Founder and Chair, The Western Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative