Inducing labour 'may limit perinatal mortality issues'

11 May 2012

Medical specialists can bring down the number of birth complications without subsequently increasing caesarean section rates by inducing labour.

This is according to findings from a group of researchers in Scotland, who highlighted that the induction of labour beyond 37 weeks can reduce the risk of a woman suffering from perinatal mortality.

However, the study underlined that there is a greater chance of a newborn child being admitted to a special care baby unit as a result of inducing labour.

In order to record its findings, the researchers analysed the data of more than 1.2 million women with single pregnancies who gave birth after 37 weeks gestation between 1981 and 2007, with the assistance of Scottish birth and death records.

The results highlighted that gestation between 37 and 41 weeks which involved elective induction of labour resulted in lower death rates compared with expectant management.

Researchers at the Ashkelon Academic College and Barzilai Medical Center in Israel and the University of Michigan also recently noted that women who are stressed during the first trimester of their pregnancy are more likely to give birth to children with low iron levels.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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