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Volume 10 Supplement 1

Born too soon


Edited by Journal Editors: Jose Belizan and Pierre Buekens; series Editors: Christopher P Howson, Mary V Kinney and Joy E Lawn

This supplement is jointly funded by Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives programme through a grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and March of Dimes and published in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). The original articles were published as PDFs in the WHO Report "Born too soon: the global action report on preterm birth" (ISBN 978 92 4 150343 30), which involved collaboration from more than 50 organizations. Articles have been reformatted for journal publication and have undergone peer review according to Reproductive Health’s standard process for supplements, and may feature some variations in content when compared to the original report. This co-publication makes the articles available to the community in a full-text format. The Supplement Editors declare that they have no competing interests.

  1. Content type: Review

    Urgent action is needed to address preterm birth given that the first country-level estimates show that globally 15 million babies are born too soon and rates are increasing in most countries with reliable tim...

    Authors: Christopher P Howson, Mary V Kinney, Lori McDougall and Joy E Lawn

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S1

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  2. Content type: Review

    This second paper in the Born Too Soon supplement presents a review of the epidemiology of preterm birth, and its burden globally, including priorities for action to improve the data. Worldwide an estimated 11...

    Authors: Hannah Blencowe, Simon Cousens, Doris Chou, Mikkel Oestergaard, Lale Say, Ann-Beth Moller, Mary Kinney and Joy Lawn

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S2

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  3. Content type: Review

    Providing care to adolescent girls and women before and between pregnancies improves their own health and wellbeing, as well as pregnancy and newborn outcomes, and can also reduce the rates of preterm birth. T...

    Authors: Sohni V Dean, Elizabeth Mary Mason, Christopher P Howson, Zohra S Lassi, Ayesha M Imam and Zulfiqar A Bhutta

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S3

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  4. Content type: Review

    As part of a supplement entitled "Born Too Soon", this paper focuses on care of the preterm newborn. An estimated 15 million babies are born preterm, and the survival gap between those born in high and low inc...

    Authors: Joy E Lawn, Ruth Davidge, Vinod K Paul, Severin von Xylander, Joseph de Graft Johnson, Anthony Costello, Mary V Kinney, Joel Segre and Liz Molyneux

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S5

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  5. Content type: Review

    Preterm birth complication is the leading cause of neonatal death resulting in over one million deaths each year of the 15 million babies born preterm. To accelerate change, we provide an overview of the compr...

    Authors: Joy E Lawn, Mary V Kinney, José M Belizan, Elizabeth Mary Mason, Lori McDougall, Jim Larson, Eve Lackritz, Ingrid K Friberg and Christopher P Howson

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S6

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  6. Content type: Review

    Pregnancy and childbirth represent a critical time period when a woman can be reached through a variety of mechanisms with interventions aimed at reducing her risk of a preterm birth and improving her health a...

    Authors: Jennifer Requejo, Mario Merialdi, Fernando Althabe, Matthais Keller, Joanne Katz and Ramkumar Menon

    Citation: Reproductive Health 2013 10(Suppl 1):S4

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