Therapies for Starting and Stopping Labour

  • Andrew A. Calder
Conference paper
Part of the Ernst Schering Research Foundation Workshop book series (SCHERING FOUND, volume 7)


The clinical objective of exercising control over the human uterus arises when it becomes desirable either to interrupt the pregnancy or to inhibit parturition. The most obvious examples of these requirements are when the appropriate timing of parturition has been disturbed either by failing to occur at term of pregnancy or by commencing or threatening to commence before term. In both of these circumstances, the welfare of the fetus may be in jeopardy and may ultimately depend on the clinician’s ability to cause it to remain within the uterus while it matures or to bring about its safe expulsion from a hostile environment.


Uterine Cervix Preterm Labour Labour Induction Cervical Ripening Fetal Hypoxia 
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