Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Are Inductions Really Necessary?

A recent Scottish study showed that of 17,000 births, 32% had been induced.

They also found that of the 32% who had been induced, 28% "had no good reason, medical or otherwise" for being induced.

In the US, induction can be done for post-term pregnancies: defined as 42 weeks or longer. Between 5% and 10% of pregnancies fall into this category.

With ultrasound technology to assess viability of the placenta, do most inductions in the US then fall into another category other than post-term pregnancy? If so what is that category?

With the static statistics of maternal/infant morbidity and mortality, it is hard to determine why an induction rate of over 15% exists.

Do you know of a study where more information sheds light on the need for higher inductions? Let us know!

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