Vol 88, No 4 (2017)
Guidelines / Expert consensus
Published online: 2017-04-28

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Polish Gynecological Society recommendations for labor induction

Dorota Bomba-Opoń, Krzysztof Drews, Hubert Huras, Piotr Laudański, Tomasz Paszkowski, Mirosław Wielgoś
Pubmed: 28509326
Ginekol Pol 2017;88(4):224-234.

Abstract

Labor induction involves artificial stimulation of childbirth before the natural, spontaneous onset of labor. It is one of the most common procedures in modern obstetrics. The frequency of labor induction has doubled in recent decades due to the development of perinatology and methods of monitoring fetal well-being in particular. Currently, one in five pregnant women and 30–40% of women delivering vaginally undergo this procedure. Reasons for induction include reduction of the perinatal mortality and morbidity of the fetus and newborn, as well as the reduction of maternal complications. However, as every medical intervention, labor induction is associated with a risk of complications.