Should Labor be Routinely Induced from 39 Weeks of Gestation?
Received Date: July 10, 2018; Published Date: July 13, 2018
Extended delay in the onset of spontaneous labor at term continues to be a concern of practicing obstetricians due to the potential neonatal complications of post-maturity. The perinatal mortality rate is known to progressively increase from 40 weeks of gestation in otherwise uncomplicated pregnancies [1,2], but there have been conflicting reports regarding whether routine induction of labor would be associated with increased likelihood of primary c/section. One recent study addresses these issues and provides statistical evidence for the maternal benefits of elective induction of labor at 39 weeks of gestation without compromising fetal safety.