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.”
- Rasmussen OB, et al. Cesarean section after induction of labor compared with expectant management: no added risk from gestational week 39. AOGS 2011; Advance online publication