About the book
Preterm birth remains one of the greatest challenges in obstetrics and one of the leading causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Despite the progress in the field of fetal medicine the last few years, the incidence of preterm delivery has not decreased. However, a lot of knowledge has been gained regarding the prediction and prevention of preterm birth, in specific study populations. The management of preterm birth depends on maternal characteristics and obstetrical history and on ultrasound findings. The type of treatment also depends on the previous findings. Certain types of treatment appear to be more effective on specific populations. Also the combination of these treatment methods will be discussed. Timely administration of corticosteroids to neonates that are born prematurely has also offered a great improvement in their outcome. On the other hand, over treatment with corticosteroids should be avoided. Aim of this book is to put together all the latest knowledge and evidence based medicine regarding the management of one of the most challenging obstetrical complications, preterm birth.