Self-care action for pregnant women
The major focus of our work is the Self-Care-Program
for pregnant women. We recommend that pregnant women measure
their vaginal pH. This helps, much earlier than usual, in the
recognition and early intervention of indicators of early vaginal
infections, the most frequent cause of preventable premature
At an affordable price we provide pregnant women
with test gloves for this simple and risk-free self-evaluation.
In addition, they receive information on pregnancy precautions
and how to recognize warning signs in good time.
We want to ensure that this self-care is also
available to women of lower socioeconomic status who are
especially at risk for prematurity. Up to now about 9000 women
have participated in our program.
Our success rates are significant. Through our
Self-Care-Program we were able to decrease the rates of babies
born under 1000 grams from 3.9 % in prior pregnancies to 0.9% in
the present pregnancy.
Prof. Hoyme was also able to significantly lower
prematurity rates with our program in the whole state of
Prevention is better – and it saves money
In Germany over 1 billion Euro is spent each year
for the care of pregnant women with threatened preterm birth and
the care of premature newborns – excluding follow-up care like
special support of premature infants. But the real effect of a
premature births cannot be shown in numbers alone: More
significant is the suffering of the affected children and their
Read more about the Self-Care-Program
for pregnant women