- October 14, 2017 at 16:47 #3648
Both induction and enhancement of labor are effective and safe techniques to help initiate labor or improve progress of labor. When physicians consider labor induction for their patients, they have to weigh the risk of ongoing pregnancy with the risks of delivery, including the risk of cesarean delivery. Potential neonatal morbidity should be evaluated as well and relevant contraindications to labor induction should be assessed.
There are many options for induction of labor, including both pharmacologic and mechanical techniques. Non-medically indicated labor induction before 39 weeks gestation should be eliminated. Ultimately, both the resolution to induce a woman’s labor and the method to do so should be individualized in thought on each patient’s maternal and neonatal risks and credible benefits.
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