Inducing Labor May Not Boost C-Section Risk

Inducing Labor May Not Boost C-Section Risk

Contrary to what was previously believed, labors that are induced in older women after 39 weeks does not increase the chance of C-Sections. A British study conducted at the University of Nottingham included 619 women over the age of 34, having their first baby. Half of the study participants were randomly assigned to have their labor induced at 39 weeks. They found that the women induced had no greater increase in C-sections than those not induced. They also concluded that induction showed no difference in health in moms and newborns.

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SOURCES: Kate Walker, M.R.C.O.G., specialty trainee, obstetrics and gynecology, University of Nottingham, England; William Grobman, M.D., professor, obstetrics and gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago; March 3, 2016, New England Journal of Medicine

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