Urges childbirth education organizations to raise awareness of the risks and benefits of elective induction of labor
Elective induction of labor
now occurs in 21%-30% of all births, noted Dr.
Researchers found that approximately 34 percent of women who opted for elective induction of labor
ultimately had a cesarean section, while only 20 percent of women who labored naturally underwent a cesarean delivery.
Other agencies have taken a different approach to elective induction; the AHRQ has stated that "the evidence regarding elective induction of labor
prior to 41 weeks of gestation is insufficient to draw any conclusion" (8)
Steering clear of an elective induction of labor
also helped avoid higher rates of Caesarean births.
Obstetric "conveniences": elective induction of labor
, cesarean birth on demand, and other potentially unnecessary interventions.
In addition to an overall assessment, the March of Dimes report also tracks progress of factors that contribute to premature birth: uninsured women, women smoking and late premature birth (birth at 34 to 36 week s of pregnancy, often linked to elective induction of labor
and cesarean section, or c-section).