Corticosteroids for cervical ripening and induction of labour.

  title={Corticosteroids for cervical ripening and induction of labour.},
  author={Josephine Kavanagh and Anthony James Kelly and Jane E Thomas},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
BACKGROUND The role of corticosteroids in the process of labour is not well understood. Animal studies have shown the importance of cortisol secretion by the fetal adrenal gland in initiating labour in sheep. Infusion of glucocorticosteroids into the fetus has also shown to induce premature labour in sheep. Given these studies it has been postulated that… CONTINUE READING