We still don’t know what causes labor!
The Iris Fund works to understand what causes labor in a full-term pregnancy so that we can eventually stop labor from starting early - preventing preterm birth. Every year, at least 15 million babies are born prematurely. In the United States alone, 500,000- roughly the population of Fresno, CA- are born before their due date. The price tag in the U.S. is $30 Billion. The cost to families like mine is much higher. We live in a world where rare diseases are being cured but we can't tell any pregnant family what causes even normal labor.