Letters Reducing the risk of preterm birth

Authors’ reply to Lamont

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5818 (Published 02 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5818
  1. Sarah J Stock, senior clinical lecturer in maternal and fetal medicine1,
  2. Khaled M K Ismail, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology2
  1. 1Tommy’s Centre for Maternal and Fetal Health, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Birmingham Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
  1. sarah.stock{at}ed.ac.uk

We thank Lamont for highlighting the well established link between infection and preterm birth and the lack of strong evidence on the ability of antibiotics to prevent preterm birth or improve neonatal outcomes.1 2 The remit of our article was to discuss interventions for prevention of preterm birth in women at high risk due to previous preterm birth, late miscarriage, cervical treatment, or a short cervix. We focused …

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