Study of risk factors for preterm deliveries in a tertiary hospital


  • Sapna D. Berry Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, IGMC Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Rajeev Sood Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, IGMC Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Kalpna Negi Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, IGMC Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • Naveen Kumar Department of Pediatrics, IGMC Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India



Etiology, Preterm labour, Risk factors


Background: Preterm labour and preterm deliveries are very challenging obstetric complications. Early identification of risk factors may help identify women at risk for preterm deliveries.

Methods: A one-year observational study was conducted in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, IGMC Shimla, Himachal Pradesh from 1st August 2017 to 31st July 2018. All mothers who delivered between 24 to 37 weeks were subjected to a detailed history with respect to age, parity, previous pregnancy outcomes and to identify the presence of any risk factors. A thorough obstetric and systemic examination was done. Parametric and non-parametric test of significance were used to find the association between different quantitative and qualitative variable.

Results: Incidence of preterm deliveries was 11.4%. Maximum cases were of age group 25-30 years. 71.7% belonged to lower socio-economic status. 54% cases were seen in multigravida. History of previous abortion was seen in 18.4% and 9.7% had history of preterm deliveries. 12% cases had history of 1st trimester bleeding.  Spontaneous onset of preterm labour was seen in 55.1%. The significant risk factors associated were PIH and genitourinary infections.

Conclusions: The risk factors of preterm birth to a large extent can be identified in antenatal period. Adolescent health education including good nutrition, good hygiene, counselling for contraception to reduce unintended pregnancies and birth spacing can lower the preterm birth rate. Better prenatal care, early identification of risk factors and complicated cases, regular follow up and proper management can help us in reducing preterm births.


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