Preterm birth—birth before 37 weeks gestation—is the leading cause of death among newborns in our community. Preterm birth is also associated with high rates of lung disease, eye disease, neurological disabilities and developmental delay. Nationwide Children’s is taking an active role in lowering preterm births in Ohio. Below are some of the community resources available.
Ohio Better Birth Outcomes Report
The Ohio Better Birth Outcomes (OBBO) initiative brings together central Ohio’s four hospital systems (Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University Medical Center, OhioHealth and Mount Carmel Health System) along with the Columbus Public Health Department and local government and community organizations. Together, this group is using the latest research to improve outcomes for high risk pregnant women and their children in Franklin County.
Ohio Perinatal Research Network
The Ohio Perinatal Research Network (OPRN) is a collaborative among clinicians and scientists from medical and research institutions with the goal of examining risk factors, associated complications and ultimately the prevention of preterm births.
Small Baby Guidelines
The Small Baby Guidelines (SBGs), developed by the neonatology team at Nationwide Children’s, provide a uniform, interdisciplinary approach to the family-centered care of extremely premature babies.
In response, the physician-scientists at Nationwide Children's Hospital are researching the mechanisms of feeding difficulty or failure in developing infants, and using innovative and novel therapeutic approaches to complex feeding problems. Many of the strategies being explored in our translational research efforts are utilized with our current patients.
At Nationwide Children's Hospital, theneonatal medicine center has become one one of the largest neonatal networks in the country.
Center for Perinatal Research
With The Research Institute, one center is dedicated to perinatal research with the mission to prevent premature delivery and to improve the outcomes of critically ill neonates and children through innovative interdisciplinary basic and translational research.
CEO, Dr. Steve Allen's comments in The Huffington Post