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!