Inducing labor late in pregnancy doesn’t increase c-section risk


Inducing labor in older pregnant women as they near their due date won’t worsen their birth experiences or make them any more likely to need a C-section, new research finds.

A study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that inducing labor in women over age 35 — who are are more likely to end up delivering by C-section — didn’t increase their chances of needing the surgery.

“Those women now have more information to guide their choices,” said Dr. Kate F. Walker, the study’s author and an obstetrician-gynecologist with Nottingham University in England.

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