Preterm Birth: A Public Health Crisis?

Alex Archer was 20 weeks pregnant when a routine ultrasound turned her life upside-down, literally. "My cervix was starting to open up," said Archer, 35, recalling the emergency procedure to stitch it shut. "I had to go on strict bed rest, with my head down and my feet in the air." Archer, who lives in Westchester, N.Y., spent nine weeks in bed worried that the tiniest twitch could trigger a dangerously early delivery. "It was horrible," she said. "I literally lied there thinking, 'anything...Full Story
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