What Is Preterm Birth? Learn About How To Support A Healthy Pregnancy

The goal of a healthy pregnancy is to deliver a baby at 40 weeks. Staying pregnant full term is one of the best ways to give your baby the time needed to grow and develop.

At SEP medical clinic we offer the presumptive eligibility program also known as PE. With PE you can receive services for Maternity and pregnancy care immediately and for free. PE also pay for makena if you start your treatment between 16-20 weeks and 6 days .

Any California resident who believes that they are pregnant and whose family income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level is eligible for this program. Call now to see if you qualify.


If you deliver a baby too early—before 37 weeks of pregnancy, or 3 weeks prior to the due date—this is known as preterm birth. Sometimes preterm births are unexpected or unplanned, though an early delivery may be necessary in some medical situations.

You’re not alone. In the US, 1 in 9 babies is born prematurely each year. That’s nearly half a million babies born too early.

Preterm birth can happen to any pregnant woman. But women who’ve already delivered a baby too early (before 37 weeks)—regardless if the baby had health issues—are at a higher risk for having another preterm birth.

In most cases, healthcare providers don’t know what causes a woman to experience preterm birth. But they do know that certain factors may make some women more at risk than others.

Talk with your healthcare provider at 323-588-3800 to make sure you are familiar with the risks associated with preterm birth. See what you can do to help reduce your risk.


Could you be at risk for preterm birth?

Below are risk factors for preterm birth.4 Please check the ones that apply to you and talk to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant in the future.

  • Prior spontaneous (unexpected) preterm birth before 37 weeks
  • Problems with twins, triplets, or other multiples
  • Problems with the uterus or cervix
  • African American heritage
  • High blood pressure, stress, diabetes, or being overweight
  • Short time between pregnancies (6–18 months)
  • Certain infections during pregnancy such as an infection of the uterus, vagina, or urinary tract infection, or sexually transmitted disease
  • Smoking, drinking alcohol, or using illegal drugs


Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate injection) is a prescription hormone medicine (progestin) used to lower the risk of preterm birth in women who are pregnant with one baby and who have delivered one baby too early (preterm) in the past. Makena was shown to work based on a lower number of women who delivered babies at less than 37 weeks of pregnancy. No studies are showing Makena reduces the number of babies who have serious problems shortly after birth or who die. It is not known whether Makena is safe and effective in women who have other risk factors for preterm birth.

Makena should not be used in women with any of the following conditions: blood clots or other blood clotting problems, breast. cancer or other hormone-sensitive cancers, or history of these, conditions; unusual vaginal bleeding not related to your current pregnancy, yellowing of the skin due to liver problems during pregnancy, liver problems, including liver tumors, or uncontrolled high blood pressure.

Before you receive Makena, tell your healthcare provider if you have an allergy to hydroxyprogesterone caproate, castor oil, or any of the other ingredients in Makena; diabetes or prediabetes, epilepsy, migraine headaches, asthma, heart problems, kidney problems, depression, or high blood pressure.

In a clinical study, certain complications or events associated with pregnancy occurred more often in women who received Makena. These included miscarriage (pregnancy loss before 20 weeks of pregnancy), stillbirth (fetal death occurring during or after the 20th week of pregnancy), hospital admission for preterm labor, preeclampsia (high blood pressure and too much protein in your urine), gestational hypertension (high blood pressure caused by pregnancy), gestational diabetes, and oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid levels).

Makena may cause serious side effects including blood clots, allergic reactions, depression, and yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes. Call your healthcare provider right away if you think you have symptoms of a blood clot (leg swelling, redness in your leg, a spot on your leg that is warm to touch, or leg pain that worsens when you bend your foot) or symptoms of an allergic reaction (hives, itching, or swelling of the face). The most common side effects of Makena include injection site reactions (pain, swelling, itching, bruising, or a hard bump), hives, itching, nausea, and diarrhea.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.

www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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