Antenatal steroids are recommended for:
- women at risk of preterm labour between 24+0 and 34+6 weeks’ gestation;
- women for whom an elective Caesarean section is planned ≤38+6 weeks’ gestation.
Treatment with antenatal corticosteroids is associated with an overall reduction in neonatal death (RR 0.69), RDS (RR 0.66), IVH (RR 0.54), NEC (RR 0.46), intensive care admissions (RR 0.80) and systemic infections in the first 48 hours of life (RR 0.56).
First published: 21/10/13, updated 26/06/15