This volume summarises the most recent advances in the optimal clinical management of preterm labour, using the best available evidence. Preterm labour remains a challenge today, even with the latest developments discussed here. The contributors (mostly practising clinicians) are all actively involved in research into the mechanisms, aetiology, treatment and associated outcomes of preterm labour. The chapters are based on common clinical scenarios and each provides a comprehensive literature review followed by evidence-based recommendations on appropriate management.
A summary of the pathophysiology of parturition is provided, and the obstetric scenarios cover management of threatened preterm labour,management of preterm premature ruptured membranes and management of preterm labour with specific complications (such as intrauterine growth restriction). Other chapters include the epidemiology, prediction and prevention of preterm labour. Anaesthetic and paediatric issues are explored in depth, and there are chapters on the legal and organisational issues surrounding preterm labour.