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This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the First and Second European Workshops on Preterm Labour of the Special Non-Invasive Advances in Fetal and Neonatal Evaluation (SAFE) Network of Excellence

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A translational approach to studying preterm labour

Rachel Marie Tribe

Author Affiliations

Maternal and Fetal Research Unit, Division of Reproduction and Endocrinology, King's College London, St. Thomas' Hospital Campus, London SE1 7EH, UK

BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2007, 7(Suppl 1):S8  doi:10.1186/1471-2393-7-S1-S8

Published: 1 June 2007


Preterm labour continues to be a major contributor to neonatal and infant morbidity. Recent data from the USA indicate that the number of preterm deliveries (including those associated with preterm labour) has risen in the last 20 years by 30%. This increase is despite considerable efforts to introduce new therapies for the prevention and treatment of preterm labour and highlights the need to assess research in this area from a fresh perspective. In this paper we discuss i) the limitations of our knowledge concerning prediction, prevention and treatment of preterm labour and ii) future multidisciplinary strategies for improving our approach.