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    Default Molecular mechanisms within fetal lungs initiate labor

    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    June 22, 2015

    UT Southwestern researchers found that the proteins SRC-1 and SRC-2 activate genes inside the fetus' lungs near full term, resulting in an increased production of surfactant components, surfactant protein A (SP-A), and platelet-activating factor (PAF). Both SP-A and PAF are then secreted by the fetus' lungs into the amniotic fluid, leading to an inflammatory response in the mother's uterus that initiates labor.

    Previous studies have suggested that signals from the fetus initiate the birth process, but the precise molecular mechanisms that lead to labor remained unclear. UT Southwestern biochemists studying mouse models found that the two proteins − steroid receptor coactivators 1 and 2 (SRC-1 and SRC-2) -- control genes for pulmonary surfactant components that promote the initiation of labor. Surfactant is a substance released from the fetus' lungs just prior to birth that is essential for normal breathing outside the womb.

    Read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0622162023.htm
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    Default Re: Molecular mechanisms within fetal lungs initiate labor

    This study deserves a much wider dissemination. Perhaps then the nefarious practice of inducing labor finally can be abandoned. It is not good for Mother or for Baby.

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    Default Re: Molecular mechanisms within fetal lungs initiate labor

    That was my thought when I first read the article, Maurya. A good beginning would be to ban induction entirely, except in the case of urgent medical reasons. Usually babies are induced at the convenience of the doctor or the parents, not for any physiological reason. Three of my four children were late; every one of my doctors assured me that the baby knew when it was ready to be born. And they all did. They came out like butter off a hot knife!
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