Within the LTM III survey, for instance, a series of questions on shared decision making indicated that women were systematically steered toward having interventions, such as labor induction
and cesarean section, rather than being offered to wait for labor (Childbirth Connection 2013).
The researchers note that the rate of elective labor induction
in Latin America is similar to that found in developed countries (around 10%).
They also noted that shoulder dystocia was not reduced by labor induction
for infants who were estimated to weigh 4000 grams.
ACOG representatives admit that there have been uterine ruptures associated with use of the drug for labor induction
, but argue that reduced dosages and screening out patients with previous caesarean deliveries or major uterine surgeries would minimize such risk.
Virtually all women felt that it is important to know all or most side effects of labor induction
or cesarean section before agreeing to these procedures, yet those who experienced them had poor knowledge of their adverse effects.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Results of a national survey point to a greater need to educate women on the risks associated with early elective cesarean sections and labor inductions
Transvaginal ultrasonographic cervical measurement as a predictor of successful labor induction
The conclusion of the study is that "Membrane sweeping at initiation of labor induction
increased the spontaneous vaginal delivery rate, reduced oxytocic drug use, shortened induction to delivery interval, and improved patient satisfaction.
During the study period, the rate of labor induction
increased by 46 percent.
In November of 2004, the Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation presented a petition to the Food and Drug Administration, demanding a more complete review of the hazards of Cytotec (Misoprostol), especially in regard to labor induction
and cervical ripening.
As such, Misopess vaginal insert may function as a one-step labor induction
agent, resulting in a shorter time to vaginal delivery and reduced incidence of Cesarean sections.
However, the risk of operative vaginal delivery dropped by 12%, and pharmacologic labor induction