• By ICR Secretariat
  • Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New treatment could reduce preterm birth and “save lives”


A clinical trial supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has found that a new treatment for pregnant women at high risk of preterm birth can prevent both very preterm birth and death of babies.

The trial – called The Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial of Transabdominal Versus Transvaginal Cervical Cerclage (MAVRIC) study - found that pregnant women who received an abdominal stitch instead of the traditional vaginal stitch were less likely to give birth before 32 weeks of pregnancy, as well as being more likely to give birth to a baby that survives.