Contents. List of Contributors. Preface (T. Zakar). Late Pregnancy and Parturition in the Sheep (W.J. McLaren, I.R. Young, and G.E. Rice). Regulation of Oviposition (F. Herelendy, K. Shimada, M. Toth, M. Molnar, and K. Tanaka). Initiation of Parturition in Non-Human Primates (J.J. Hirst and G.D. Thorburn). The Physiology of Human Parturition (J.E. Mijovic and D.M. Olson). The Trophoblast as an Active Regulator of the Pregnancy Environment in Health and Disease: an Emerging Concept (D.W. Morrish, J. Dakour, and H. Li). The Endocrinology of late Pregnancy and Parturition (T. Zakar and B.F. Mitchell). Steroid Modulation of Myometrial Structure and Function during Pregnancy (C.A. Ducsay and J.W. Rhee). Determinants of Reproductive Mortality and Preterm Childbirth (J.A. McCosen, P.A. Fernandes, M.L. Borditsky, and J.G. Allardice). Index.