Early deliveries on the rise in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine are conducting a study to determine whether a disruption in expectant mom's sleep patterns, meals or work schedules is causing them to deliver their babies early.

Statistics show the pre-term birth rate in some parts of St. Louis is a whopping 15 to 20 percent.

Babies born before nine months can face lifelong health issues, including chronic lung disease and congenital heart issues.

Researchers are looking for women to participate in the "Time to Deliver" pilot study. For more information call 314-250-0360 or email timetodeliver@wudosis.wustl.edu.