Born too soon: Causes, consequences and how to prevent preterm birth
A day meeting of the Forum on Maternity and the Newborn of the Royal Society of Medicine, Wednesday 21 November 2012

Aim: To provide updated information on the global efforts to understand the causes, consequences and how to prevent preterm births.
Objectives: 1. To reflect upon bio-psycho-social causes and consequences of preterm births as a public health problem
2. To understand the difficulties faced by professionals and society as a whole in dealing with the increasing number of preterm births and how to prevent them.


9.30 a.m. Registration

10.00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
Morning Chair: Mr Eugene Oteng-Ntim, Head of Obstetrics, Women's Health Directorate, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London

10.10 a.m. Born too soon: A call to action?
Professor Andrew Shennan, Professor of Obstetrics, King's College, University of London

10.50 a.m. What is the role of progesterone in preventing preterm birth?
Ms Vasso Tezidou, Consultant Obstetrician and Senior Lecturer, lmperial College, University of London

11.30 a.m. Discussion

12.30 p.m. Lunch

Afternoon Chair: Dr Elvidina N. Adamson-Macedo, Emeritus Professor of Maternal-lnfant Mental Health

1.30 p.m. Can we do anything about the social causes of prematurity?
Jean Robinson, President, Association for lmprovements in the Maternity Services (AIMS)

2.10 p.m. Ultrasound - prematurity and potential risks
Beverley A. Lawrence Beech, Honorary Chair of AIMS

2.50 p.m. Discussion

3.20 p.m. Tea

3.40 p.m. Preterm birth and mental health in adolescence and adulthood
Dr Chiara Nosarti, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Studies and Neuroimaging, King's College, University of London


'Everyone has a role to play: The Every Woman Every Child effort framework for action'. Born Too Soon, The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth Report.

5.15 p.m. Closing remarks