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|Tue, 01-22-2013 - 1:42pm|
Inducing labor after a woman has been pregnant for more than 37 weeks can reduce an infant's risk of death before, during or shortly after birth without increasing the need for cesarean delivery, a new study says.
However, babies born after induced labor were also more likely to require admission to a hospital's infant intensive care unit, said researchers led by Sarah Stock of the School of Women and Infant's Health at University of Western Australia.
One expert not connected to the study called it "an important article."
The work "confirms a prior retrospective study demonstrating that induction of labor is not associated with an increase in cesarean section," said Dr. Joanne Stone, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
"In addition, while there is a small increase in NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] admission, the prevention of fetal/neonatal death is an extremely important finding," she said.
Interesting article! BTDT mamas- did you have your previous labor induced? What were the reasons for inducing labor? If you could, would you do things differently?