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The role of the obstetrician in the prevention of retinopathy of prematurity

Kindinger, LM; David, AL; (2019) The role of the obstetrician in the prevention of retinopathy of prematurity. Seminars in Perinatology , 43 (6) pp. 323-332. 10.1053/j.semperi.2019.05.003. Green open access

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Abstract

This review underlines the important role that obstetricians play in the prevention of retinopathy of prematurity. Efforts predominately focus on predicting which pregnant women are at highest risk of preterm birth, instigating treatments to prevent pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction and maternal infection which could lead to iatrogenic or spontaneous preterm birth, and optimizing care when preterm birth is inevitable. More broadly, optimizing maternal health pre-conception through stopping smoking, improving diet, reducing obesity with its associated gestational diabetes, and treating hypertension may reduce preterm birth and other pregnancy complications. This is a message that all healthcare professionals including obstetricians, neonatologists and GPs, nursing and midwifery staff need to communicate all women and men who are contemplating having a baby.

Type: Article
Title: The role of the obstetrician in the prevention of retinopathy of prematurity
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1053/j.semperi.2019.05.003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1053/j.semperi.2019.05.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Obstetrician, Obstetrics, Prematurity, Preterm birth, Retinopathy of prematurity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health > Maternal and Fetal Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10077660
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