Do Labor Induction Drugs Lead to More Caesarians??

The excerpt below is from a New York Times article discussing the high rates of caesarean births in the U.S.. The whole article is worth reading but the part that really struck me was about labor induction drugs being associated with a higher rate of c-sections. Wow!!

from a New York Times article written by Denise Grady

.. in women who have not had Caesareans before, one factor that may increase the risk is the use of drugs to induce labor. The practice has been increasing, and the study found that induced labor, compared with spontaneous labor, was twice as likely to result in a Caesarean.

In the study, 44 percent of the women who were trying vaginal delivery had their labor induced. When Caesareans were done after induction, half were performed before the woman’s cervix had dilated to six centimeters, “suggesting that clinical impatience may play a role,” the authors wrote. Full dilation is 10 centimeters, and a Caesarean before six centimeters may be too soon, the researchers said…

much more via A Majority of Caesareans Precede Labor, Study Finds

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