Friday, March 11, 2011

Scheduled Deliveries Raise Risks for Mothers, Do Not Benefit Newborns

February 18, 2011

Inducing labor without a medical reason is associated with negative outcomes for the mother, including increased rates of cesarean delivery, greater blood loss and an extended length of stay in the hospital, and does not provide any benefit for the newborn. As the number of scheduled deliveries continues to climb, it is important for physicians and mothers-to-be to understand the risks associated with elective induction.

Loralei Thornburg, M.D.

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