Antenatal Corticosteroids: The Good, the Bad and the Unknown

In the February 2022 Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Special Statement (1), the seven days preceding preterm delivery were noted to be the optimal window for steroid administration. Steroids had the most prominent, life-saving effects on the mother and baby when used during this critical period. The webinar aims to review fetal lung development and how the timing of antenatal corticosteroids may help or harm neonatal lives when administered for this purpose. Dr. Ruma will guide the audience through historical contributions to this important topic, delve into recently published clinical studies, and discuss current recommendations and controversies.

1Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM); Rebecca Feldman Hamm, MD, MSCE; C. Andrew Combs, MD, PhD; Paola Aghajanian, MD; and Alexander M. Friedman, MD, MPH; Patient Safety and Quality Committee, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Special Statement: Quality metrics for optimal timing of antenatal corticosteroid administration, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2022), doi: