Who We Are
The Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance is a coalition of maternal and women’s health advocates who share a common concern about the state of preterm birth in the United States and the proposed market withdrawal of 17P, the only FDA- approved class of treatments to help prevent spontaneous, recurrent preterm birth. Formed in 2021 by the National Consumers League, we seek to improve preterm birth outcomes in the United States by maintaining access to safe, FDA-approved treatment options and advocating for more diverse medical research that adequately represents the experiences of women and newborns of color. Women of color need a seat at the table.
Preterm Birth Resources
Evidence has shown that there may be an increased risk of preterm birth and pregnancy loss among pregnant women with COVID-19. Even aside from COVID risks, premature birth is a leading cause of infant death in the United States. It’s devastating for mothers and families and is very costly to the healthcare system.
Prematurity also has a significantly disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous, and women of color. According to the March of Dimes, the preterm birth rate among Black American women is 50 percent higher than the rate among all other women.
Only one FDA-approved intervention currently exists to help pregnant women prevent a recurrent preterm birth. It is a prescription medicine called hydroxyprogesterone caproate, which is also known as “17P” or “17-OHPC.” 17P has played a significant role in the treatment of thousands of pregnant mothers and their babies as the only FDA-approved therapy to reduce the risk of recurrent preterm birth and help mothers carry their pregnancies to full-term—which is crucially important to the health of babies.
Recently, the FDA has proposed that 17P be pulled from the market in all forms—branded, generics, and compounded—and advocates are fighting to preserve this resource for women at risk for preterm birth.