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Induction at 39 weeks – does it really benefit women?

Induction at 39 weeks – does it really benefit women?

A presentation of the preliminary results of the ARRIVE study on Induction at 39 weeks was given recently at the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Annual Meeting. The internet is all abuzz about the results.  One group saying it indicates that if we want to reduce cesareans we should automatically be inducing at 39 weeks; and the other saying it is wholly inappropriate. Dr. Rebecca Decker from Evidence based birth did a podcast on the subject, and did a great job at disseminating what we know so far.  This was my takeway from that podcast: Yes, this does seem to reduce cesareans by a very...

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INDUCTION AND AUGMENTATION OF LABOR

INDUCTION AND AUGMENTATION OF LABOR

By Amy V. Haas, BCCE Induction of labor is the artificial starting of labor with the use of pitocin, castor oil, or herbal preparations such as blue cohosh. Other methods used to start labor include breaking the amniotic sack (an amniotomy), stripping of the membranes (separating the membranes of the amniotic sack from the uterine wall), and inserting prostaglandin gel, or pieces of Misoprostol tablets into the vagina to soften the cervix. The idea is to get labor going artificially, by starting contractions of the uterus. The most commonly used agent is pitocin, an imitation of the natural...

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