Does induction really reduce the likelihood of caesarean section?

Thinking Outside the BoxTwo recent systematic reviews have arrived at the same, rather surprising and somewhat counterintuitive result. That is, contrary to the belief and experience of many people who work on labour wards every day, induction of labour doesn’t increase the chance of caesarean section at all. In fact, the reviewers argue, their results demonstrate that induction of labour reduces the likelihood of caesarean section.

Thanks to The Practising Midwife, in which it was originally published, I’ve just uploaded my September 2014 ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ article which considers whether the findings of two recent systematic reviews showing that induction of labour reduces the likelihood of caesarean section, stand up under scrutiny.

Does induction really reduce the likelihood of casarean section?

 

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