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Cost Effectiveness of Elective Induction of Labor at 41 Weeks in Nulliparous Women
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American Journal Of Obstetrics Gynecology, Vol. 204

2011

BACKGROUND: Induction of labor is on the rise in the U.S., increasing from 9.5 percent in 1990 to 22.1 percent in 2004. Although, it is not entirely clear what proportion of these inductions are elective (i.e. without a medical indication), the overall rate of induction of labor is rising faster than the rate of pregnancy complications that would lead to a medically indicated induction. However, the maternal and neonatal effects of induction of labor are unclear. Many studies compare women with induction of labor to those in spontaneous labor.

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