Donor Supports Preterm Labor Research

Almost nine years ago, Kristen Hertel and her husband Muneer Satter experienced the joy of childbirth – times three – as Hertel delivered triplets born prematurely at 33 ½ weeks old. The infants spent two weeks in the Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Evanston Hospital.

The babies didn’t have any complications and were able to go home, but the preterm labor experience wasn’t lost on the couple. For the past eight years, Hertel and Satter have supported innovative research at NorthShore that has the potential to predict and prevent preterm births and the complications and illnesses that accompany babies born too soon.

Emmet Hirsch, MD, Director of Obstetrics and Vice Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said there are 4 million births in the United States every year and an estimated 12 percent are delivered prematurely before 37 weeks.

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