Ok, so if you’re going into a hospital that has a 30% cesarean rate, and you go in for an induction, does that make your chances of a cesarean go up to 60%? Probably not, but it did make me ponder. SO many of the induction I hear about from friends, relatives, etc. end in a cesarean. To say that half of them do is not a stretch.
CONCLUSION: Labor induction is significantly associated with a cesarean delivery among nulliparous women at term for those with and without medical or obstetric complications. Reducing the use of elective labor induction may lead to decreased rates of cesarean delivery for a population.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: II
(C) 2010 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Here is the article just published with these stats:
Ehrenthal, Deborah B.; Jiang, Xiaozhang; Strobino, Donna M.
Obstetrics & Gynecology. 116(1):35-42, July 2010.