Preterm Birth Prevention Center

The Preterm Birth Prevention Center is dedicated to improving perinatal outcomes by providing personalized medical care for women at high risk for premature birth.

Preterm birth complicates 9-10% of births in the United States and is a leading cause of adverse pregnancy outcomes for mothers and their developing babies. The Preterm Birth Prevention Center (PPC) at Columbia University Medical Center was created to improve perinatal outcomes by employing cutting-edge research and best clinical practice.

A preterm, or premature birth is any birth that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy. Women at high risk for preterm birth include women with a history of preterm delivery, women with twins or higher order multiple gestations, and women with a short cervix. Other risk factors include being underweight or severely overweight, smoking, and bleeding during pregnancy. African-American women are also at higher risk for preterm birth.

Our Approach

With decades of experience in preterm birth prevention, our team takes a personalized approach to care for women in high-risk groups. We will work with you to determine which interventions will lower your risk for preterm birth.

Common interventions include:

  • Vaginal and abdominal cerclage—surgical procedures in which the cervix is stitched closed with sutures that help support the uterus
  • Progesterone supplements—a vaginal or intramuscular therapy that can reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with a history of preterm birth or who have a short cervix
  • Vaginal pessary—a silicone device that fits around the cervix to help support the uterus (experimental) 

Our team is also involved in cutting-edge research that employs clinical, translational, and basic science methodologies to understand and decrease preterm delivery.

Support the Preterm Birth Prevention Center

Preterm birth and its complications are the leading cause of death of babies in the United States. The Preterm Birth Prevention Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center is fighting to reduce instances of premature birth through cutting-edge research and by providing critical clinical interventions to lower patients’ risk. Join us in the fight to end preterm birth.

Make a Gift to the Preterm Birth Prevention Center

Iris Fund for Translational Science Research

Established in memory of Iris Aleman, supporting the Iris fund will provide crucial resources for extremely cutting-edge research pilot projects that are vital to making the first step to discover novel mechanisms and therapeutics to prevent preterm birth.

Make a Gift to the Iris Fund

If you would like to learn more about opportunities to support our department, please contact:

Melissa DeCesare
Director of Development

Our Location

The Preterm Birth Prevention Center is located in ColumbiaDoctors Midtown location. However, we have providers in Northern Manhattan and Westchester. Our helpful staff will help direct you to the appropriate provider.

ColumbiaDoctors Midtown 

Preterm Birth Prevention Center
51 West 51st Street
Suite 320
New York, NY 10019
United States