Contemporary Management and Conduct of Preterm Labor and Delivery: A Review

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Current concepts in the conduct of preterm labor and management of delivery of the premature infant are reviewed. Pharmacologic modalities available for inhibiting preterm labor are discussed as well as the efficacy, indications and contraindications for these agents. An analysis of the role of corticosteroids in achieving fetal pulmonary maturity in the preterm infant is reviewed, and based on the existent literature the intrapartum management of the small fetus is outlined. The mode of delivery, vaginal or via cesarean section, for these infants is likewise discussed.

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