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Preventing preterm births

Did you know approximately 20-40% of premature births are related to bacterial infections of the reproductive tract?

11 Sep 2020

In our latest health and wellness podcast episode, St John of God Subiaco Hospital Obstetrician and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Dr Michael Gannon provides insights into the factors that lead to preterm birth.

Dr Gannon also discusses the Preterm Birth Prevention Study that is in progress at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.

The potentially life-saving trial aims to identify patients who are at risk of giving birth early due to a bacterial infection. For women who return a positive test result, the study is also testing whether a probiotic treatment regimen can be used to prevent preterm birth from occurring.

If successful, this testing and treatment program will be a major breakthrough in pregnancy care and will likely save the lives of hundreds of Western Australian infants and many more worldwide. To read more about the study, visit sjog.org.au/subiaconews

Learn more about St John of God Subiaco Hospital’s maternity care.

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Michael Gannon Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

About the Presenter

Dr Gannon is a general obstetrician and gynaecologist in public and private practice with an interest in medical problems in pregnancy and perinatal loss. Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, Dr Gannon is also a member of the Hospital's Medical Advisory Committee and Clinical Safety and Quality Committee.