Prematurity Prevention Program

​​​UW Medicine Maternal and Infant Care Clinic offers high-risk obstetrical care for families expecting multiples (twins, triplets, or more) or families at high risk for preterm birth.

Our goals are to provide:
  • Early evaluation and treatment of women at risk for preterm birth or preterm labor.
  • Client education about prematurity prevention and the special challenges of a pregnancy with multiples.
  • Improved outcomes for mothers and babies.
Our high level of prenatal care for these families includes:
  1. Frequent clinic visits.
  2. Important education about the signs and symptoms of preterm labor, both in a classroom format and informally during clinic visits.
  3. Education, resources and classes for the families expecting multiples of twins or more.
  4. Evaluation of the cervix using trans-vaginal ultrasound.
  5. Specialized screening for bacterial infection.
  6. Ready access to a program nurse for consultation and support.
The Prematurity Prevention Program has been a community leader for high level obstetric care in the Puget Sound area for more than ten years. We offer a highly skilled team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, registered nurses, a nutritionist and a social worker. We also offer a number of specialty classes for families in the community, including our Preventing Preterm Birth Class, as well as our Expecting Multiples Childbirth Class series.

The Prematurity Prevention Program provides complete prenatal care during pregnancy to women who self-refer or who are referred by their primary care physician for consultation. Our Prematurity Prevention team thoroughly evaluates each woman’s specific needs, makes recommendations to her health-care provider, and returns her to her care provider. Patients can give birth in our beautiful Maternity and Infant Center or deliver at another previously selected hospital of their choice. 

Who should receive care in the Prematurity Prevention Program?

  • Women who are expecting twins or more
  • Women who have previously given birth preterm (prior to 37 weeks).
  • Women who have previously had a pregnancy loss in the second trimester (between 13 and 23 weeks)
  • Women with an abnormality of their uterus, such as a septated or heart-shaped uterus
  • Women with an abnormality of their cervix, such as a diagnosis of incompetent cervix, a history of surgery to their cervix, or a short cervix
  • Women who were exposed to the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) when their mother was pregnant with them
  • Women who are experiencing preterm labor in a current pregnancy

Why choose UW Medicine’s Prematurity Prevention Program for your pregnancy care?

The Prematurity Prevention Program at UW Medicine serves only families that are at risk for preterm birth. We have been providing this specialized care for more than a decade, helping many clients deliver full-term, healthy infants. For more information about our services, click on the topics below:


Please also view the handouts developed by our prematurity prevention team describing the reduction in preterm birth that happens when women wait to conceive until at least one year after each birth. We hope that women who have given birth preterm and may be experiencing stress or grief will find these handouts helpful. ​