Induction Doubles Risk of Cesarean

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:

Labor Induction and the Risk of a Cesarean Delivery Among Nulliparous Women at Term

Ehrenthal, Deborah B.; Jiang, Xiaozhang; Strobino, Donna M.

Obstetrics & Gynecology. 116(1):35-42, July 2010.

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181e10c5c

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One thought on “Induction Doubles Risk of Cesarean

  1. that was me. and i wasn’t aware of any of the risks ahead of time. the OB gave me the fetal macrosomia/shoulder dystocia scare. I went in to the induction to “save”my baby…no informed consent. Two days later & i ended up in a cesarean because I got a uterine infection which was making the baby stress out and she wasn’t anywhere near my cervix because the contraction monitor was poking her in the head. Looking back it was physically impossible to birth a baby that way- but they totally caused it to happen.

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