We empower you to give your baby a healthy start.
Whether you are currently pregnant or planning for a future pregnancy, Prevent Preterm is here to help you make informed decisions about your child's health. The choices you make today about abortion, smoking, and family planning can influence the health of your future children.
Preterm birth, also known as premature birth, poses significant risks for babies. In many cases, it is not known what causes preterm birth. But medical researchers have identified several risk factors. This research suggests that some preterm births can be prevented, when mothers are given the information they need to make smart lifestyle choices.
Risk factors for premature birth include prior abortions, use of tobacco products, and lack of prenatal care.
Kicking the habit
Smoking is a significant risk factor for preterm birth. If you're pregnant or plan to be, there's never been a better time to quit! Click for smoking cessation resources from the CDC.
Premature birth after abortion
"I am sharing my story because I don't want anyone to go through what I went through."
We get it: abortion is, to say the least, a touchy subject. Unfortunately, the reluctance to talk about abortion has led to a lack of awareness about the effect abortion can have on later pregnancies. We invite you to look at the peer-reviewed research on this important subject.
Affordable pregnancy care
With over 2,000 pregnancy resource centers and 8,000 federally qualified health centers across the country, you can access the quality prenatal care you and your baby deserve—regardless of your ability to pay.
IMPORTANT: Although Prevent Preterm strives for medical accuracy and this website has been reviewed by physicians, this website is not intended to replace individualized advice from your doctor. Prevent Preterm encourages you to use our educational materials as a starting point for a conversation with your doctor about your medical history and risks. We understand that these conversations can be sensitive, especially if you have had an abortion. If you are not comfortable having that conversation with your current doctor, or if you do not have a doctor, please visit our pregnancy resources page.