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Inducing labour at term not linked to increased c-section rates

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Inducing labour in the weeks around term, or from week 39 to week 41, is not connected with higher rates of Caesarean section compared with waiting for a later spontaneous or induced labour, according to Danish researchers.

The team compared data from a total of 230,528 pregnancies, of which 15% were induced.

The researchers said: “Induction of labor provides a sound tool when counseling a woman either going past term or presenting with a problem, even if it is not a severe medical illness.”

 

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