Basic Mechanisms Controlling Term and Preterm Birth

  • Editors
  • K. Chwalisz
  • R. E. Garfield
Conference proceedings

Part of the Ernst Schering Research Foundation Workshop book series (SCHERING FOUND, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Robert E. Garfield, Chandra Yallampalli
    Pages 1-28
  3. Simone Harbon, Zahra Tanfin, Lien Do Khac, Olivier Goureau, Denis Leiber
    Pages 29-54
  4. Jean Mironneau
    Pages 55-73
  5. Ashok K. Grover, Islam Khan, Thomas Tabb, Robert E. Garfield
    Pages 75-88
  6. Kristof Chwalisz
    Pages 97-162
  7. Roberto Romero, Ricardo Gomez, Peter Baumann, Moshe Mazor, David Cotton
    Pages 197-240
  8. Gérard Chaouat, Elisabeth Menu, Valentino Djian, Genevieve Delage, Duc-Can Dang, Aines Assal Meliani et al.
    Pages 241-268
  9. Colin T. Jones, Ahmad Khouja, Daniel Wichelhaus, Helen Warsop
    Pages 269-290
  10. Joachim Dudenhausen
    Pages 291-301
  11. Andrew A. Calder
    Pages 303-317

About these proceedings


The mechanisms that initiate labour (i. e. , the conversion of the quies­ cent uterus to an active and reactive organ at term) are poorly under­ stood. Of considerable importance are the factors that control preterm labour and preterm birth, with their devastating effects on society. This problem is the leading obstetrical issue. Preterm labour affects ap­ proximately 10% of all pregnant women (even higher numbers are re- Abb. I. The participants of the workshop VI Preface ported for less developed countries or where prenatal healthcare is a low priority) and it is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality of babies. Current practices to arrest preterm labour, once initiated, are in­ effective. In addition, procedures to stimulate labour and dilate the cer­ vix at term may not be used effectively. On October 19th - 21 st, 1992, a Schering Foundation Workshop took place in Berlin to discuss the "Basic Mechanisms Controlling Term and Preterm Labour". Leading scientists from Europe and North America were assembled to consider the fundamental systems which regulate the uterus and cervix during pregnancy. The topics in the sym­ posium ranged from key cellular events governing uterine contractility and cervical dilatation during labour to clinical advances and applica­ tions. This book contains the proceedings of the workshop. We were pleased to have been part of the workshop and to have been responsible for its organization.


Antigestagene Frühgeburt Geburtseinleitung Uterus Uterusmotorik antiprogestins birth hormones infection labor induction obstetrics pregnancy pregnant uterus preterm labor uterine contractility

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-21662-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-21660-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0947-6075
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