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We are supporting Preterm Birth Awareness Month


The Preterm Birth Group which is part of the North East and North Cumbria Clinical Networks is raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of preterm birth.

Data in our region tells us that women and birthing people can present to maternity services late when they are experiencing labour before 37 weeks - known as preterm birth.

There are signs and symptoms of preterm birth, so if women and birthing people come to maternity services early enough, we can offer treatment and support that can help them and their baby.

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Signs of early labour include:

  • Change in vaginal discharge (watery, mucus like or bloody)
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Constant, low, dull back ache
  • Pressure down below
  • Mild period like cramps
  • Regular tightenings that can be painless
  • A gush of fluid or pop sensation

Here's what to expect if you come into one of our Pregnancy Assessment Units for a triage appointment.



Please contact your local Pregnancy Assessment Unit if:

  • you think your waters have broken
  • your contractions are becoming more painful and regular and you need midwifery support
  • you have experienced any blood loss
  • you have any concerns about the movements of your baby
  • you have any other concerns

The midwives will then be able to help you decide whether you can stay at home or need to be reviewed in hospital.

'I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful staff you have working for you at DMH.'

Patient, Catering / Porters / Domestics, Darlington Memorial Hospital