An Interview with Dr. Philip Shlossman

Dr. Philip Shlossman is a Board Certified OB-GYN at Christiana Care Health Services in Newark, Delaware, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jefferson Medical College. An expert on the challenges of premature birth, Dr. Shlossman gives advice on how to avoid the tragic scenario.

Who is at risk of premature delivery?

There are many things women can do to decrease their chances of early delivery. But when women wait until they become pregnant to stop smoking or manage chronic diseases, it is often too late. Both malnutrition and obesity also place pregnant women at risk. So dealing with these things right away is important for women of child-bearing age.

Dr. Shlossman, are there particular stages in pregnancy that bear more risk than others?

Receiving prenatal care early in a pregnancy and throughout the pregnancy is extremely important. The factors underlying premature birth are multiple and complex, so it is important to work with a health care provider throughout the pregnancy to both screen for problems and become educated in the best practices of self-care.