The researchers state that in most hospitals, the instances of induced labor
now exceed the combined number of cesarean deliveries, vaginal births after a previous cesarean, and vaginal deliveries requiring forceps.
has a higher incidence of infection, says Heyl, who adds: "I think it's pretty safe to say that an induced labor
is more likely to end in a cesarean section than a spontaneous labor.
Products awaiting regulatory approval include Vantin, a cephalosporin antibiotic; Cleocin Cream for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis; a 5 percent formulation of Rogaine for hair growth; Prepidil Gel for cervical softening in induced labor
during childbirth; Depo Provera for contraception in the U.
The newborns appeared to benefit from induced labor
The University of Washington study, reported in the current issue of The American Journal of Public Health, found that certified nurse-midwives' patients had fewer Caesarean sections, received less anesthesia and had a lower rate of episiotomies and induced labor
than the doctors' patients.
Adjustment for a range of characteristics (maternal age, body mass index, smoking status, race or ethnic group, gestational age at birth, spontaneous or induced labor
, birth weight percentile, and hospital of delivery) slightly attenuated but did not eliminate the significant association between cervical length and risk of cesarean delivery at term," the researchers concluded.
She went to the hospital, where doctors listened for a heartbeat, performed an ultrasound, and then induced labor
Epidural analgesia given in early labor has been shown to have no significant effect on the risk of operative delivery in patients with spontaneous labor, and the same appears to hold true for patients with induced labor
, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.
Doctors induced labor
to save the baby, conceived with her then-boyfriend, star high-jumper Javier Sotomayor.
This question was addressed by a study that enrolled women who had an indication for induced labor
at Women and Infants' Hospital in Providence, R.
No associations were observed regarding induced labor
, duration of the second stage oflabor, episiotomy, laceration, or birth weight.
Women supported by doulas also needed fewer induced labors
and delivered their babies faster.
In that 15-year time period, there were significant increases in maternal weight, body mass index, proportion of overweight or obese mothers, age, proportion of Hispanics, and rate of induced labors