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Women’s health and midwifery
Women who experience threatened preterm labour need early and accurate assessment, a clear management plan and continuity of care to reduce stress and anxiety
  1. Clare Gordon
  1. College of Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare, University of West London, Reading, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Clare Gordon, College of Nursing, Midwifery & Healthcare, University of West London, Reading RG1 7QF, UK; clare.gordon{at}

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Commentary on: Carter J, Tribe RM, Shennan AH, et al. Threatened preterm labour: women’s experiences of risk and care management: a qualitative study. Midwifery 2018;64:85–92.

Implications for practice and research

  • Clinicians need to be aware of the anxiety and uncertainty women experience when inconsistent advice is given.

  • Research should be carried out to consider the relationship between stress and anxiety and preterm birth and pregnancy outcome.

  • Research is needed to examine the practices of specialist preterm birth services.


Threatened preterm labour or preterm labour can be an indication of a complex pregnancy and may result in significant stress and anxiety for the woman and her family.1 2 Stress experienced by women during this time may increase or decrease the feelings of anxiety about the pregnancy and birth.1 3 Women report being anxious about …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.