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Labor Induction Techniques: Which Is the Best?

Christina A Penfield, Deborah A Wing
Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America 2017, 44 (4): 567-582
Induction of labor is a common procedure undertaken whenever the benefits of prompt delivery outweigh the risks of expectant management. Cervical assessment is essential to determine the optimal approach. Indication for induction, clinical presentation and history, safety, cost, and patient preference may factor into the selection of methods. For the unfavorable cervix, several pharmacologic and mechanical methods are available, each with associated advantages and disadvantages. In women with a favorable cervix, combined use of amniotomy and intravenous oxytocin is generally the most effective approach. The goal of labor induction is to ensure the best possible outcome for mother and newborn.


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