Every year, more than half a million babies are born too soon in the United States. Our country’s premature birth rate has risen by 36 percent over the last 25 years. Louisiana has the second highest percentage of premature births in the country, right behind number one place holder Mississippi. That’s serious cause for concern.
Premature birth costs society more than $26 billion a year and takes a high toll on families. Babies born just a few weeks early are at risk of severe health problems and lifelong disabilities. Premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns.
I take this cause seriously, as many pre-term births are a result of multiple gestation, or more than one fetus, often the result of fertility treatment. Women who can get pregnant without fertility drugs or medical procedures usually have only one baby. Women who need fertility treatment are at higher risk to get pregnant with twins, and rarely triplets or more. Multiple gestation can increase the risk of pregnancy for the mother and for all the babies.
At Fertility Answers, we are committed to conservative medical management of infertility. We have implemented an “eSET protocol”. This stands for “elective SINGLE embryo transfer”. This means in patients with a good chance of getting pregnant, we recommend to only transfer one embryo to minimize the risk of multiple gestation. When patients take fertility medication, we monitor them closely to ensure that they don’t release multiple eggs at one time. By doing this, our goal to help couples conceive a healthy singleton pregnancy can be more easily reached.
I urge you to please join me and the staff of FertilityAnswers in this year’s March of Dimes March for Babies, Saturday May 3, 2014 in Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette, by donating to our team or joining our team, FertilityAnswers Joie de la Famille. By doing so, you’re doing something very special for babies and moms everywhere. The money you raise supports research into the causes of premature birth, and gives even the tiniest babies a greater chance of survival. Click this link to go to our team page: http://www.marchforbabies.org/s_team_page.asp?seid=2239100
See you at the March for Babies! – Dr. S