Inducing labor at 39 weeks may prevent cesarean births
In what could be viewed as a practice changing result, a study has found that compared with expectant management, elective induction of labor at 39 weeks in low-risk nulliparous women reduced the chances of cesarean births. Also, infants born to women induced at 39 weeks were no more likely to experience stillbirth, newborn death or other severe complications, compared to infants born to the expectant management group.The multicenter study enrolled more than 6,000 pregnant women at 41
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