Elective Labor Associated with Fewer Cesarean Deliveries, Study Shows
August 20, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
Inducing labor at 39 weeks did not reduce the risk of perinatal death or severe complications, but led to fewer cesarean deliveries than the use of expectant management, concludes a study published August 9, 2018, in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers assigned 3,062 women expecting low-risk delivery of their first child to labor induction and 3,044 to expectant management. Perinatal death or severe complications were more common in the expectant-management group (5.4% compared with 4.3%).