“We are grateful to the Foundation for their support to make donor breastmilk available in the St Mary’s NICU. Breastmilk can be beneficial for all babies, but for our youngest and smallest preterm infants it is truly a life saving therapy. Receiving feedings of breastmilk can significantly decrease the risk for several types of life threatening infections and is often better tolerated than formula feeds. Some moms are unable to provide breastmilk due to medical conditions or have an inadequate supply to meet their baby’s needs and the use of donor breastmilk is a proven alternative to a mother’s own milk. We could not provide this critical resource without the support of the Foundation in providing a highly specialized freezer for breastmilk storage.”

– Dr. Lynn Jonhson, Neonatologist, Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital

About preterm labor

Successful parents find the gratitude in the most difficult of situations


Preterm labor is labor that occurs before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm labor can occur in any pregnancy and it is very important for pregnant women to be aware of the signs and symptoms. It does not just occur in pregnancies with multiples; it can happen with singletons even if you have had a normal pregnancy in the past. There are many reasons that some pregnancies are higher risk for preterm labor, so please read and learn to be prepared.

We knew I was at a very high risk for pre-term labor since I was carrying twins. We had attended classes and read multiple books and websites on how to reduce the risks, yet it still happened to us. Please do not hesitate to call your doctor if you have even the smallest feeling that something is wrong, it is worth it to you and your baby(ies).

Listed below are some links that list the symptoms and risks involved with preterm labor. Please educate yourself and most of all, listen to your body. Common symptoms of preterm labor are listed below. Please keep in mind that you may only experience one or a few of these and they may seem minor, but still call your doctor.

Symptoms and risks include:

  • Pelvic pressure
  • Watery vaginal discharge
  • Contractions
  • Lower back pain
  • Cramps
  • Bleeding or spotting

Common risks of preterm labor are listed below. The risks are very serious and can include:

  • Extended hospital stay in the neonatal intensive care unit
  • Long-term health issues; mental and physical developmental issues
  • Infant death

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