March 20, 2013

15 Million Babies Born Prematurely Every Year

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Every year an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely, with one million of those unlikely to survive. The latest developments in the identification, prevention and treatment of preterm labor were discussed at the third session of the Sidra Symposia Series.

Every year an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely, with one million of those unlikely to survive. The latest developments in the identification, prevention and treatment of preterm labor were discussed at the third session of the Sidra Symposia Series, in February 2013 with local and international experts taking part in a panel discussion.

Held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha, Qatar, the event was hosted by Sidra Medical and Research Center, a member of Qatar Foundation. The discussion included presentations from Dr Michael Katz, Senior Advisor of Transdisciplinary Research, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, White Plains, New York, U.S; Dr Hilal Al Rifai, Medical Director of Women's Hospital, Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Director of Newborn Screening Programs, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Doha, Qatar; and Dr Joachim Dudenhausen, Medical Advisor and Head of Medical Staff Services at Sidra Medical and Research Center, who also moderated the session.

The experts took guests through topics including preterm birth from the global perspective; prevention and treatment of preterm labor; and the preterm newborn – management and results in Qatar, before opening the floor to the audience for a question and answer session.

Dr Dudenhausen commented, “Many preterm labors are avoidable through prevention and care. As a hospital that will specialize in supporting women with high-risk pregnancies, Sidra aims to facilitate and contribute to the flow of information on this topic with the medical community, as well as the public.”

The third event in the Sidra Symposia Series aimed to help highlight the need for preterm birth awareness and increase the medical community’s understanding of the issue, which can ultimately help ensure a preterm’s chance of life, or even prevent birth before 37 weeks.

The Sidra Symposia Series, launched in 2012, is an ongoing medical education program designed to build understanding and awareness of clinical research and best practice in the areas of women’s and children’s health.