|November 2012 · Vol. 24, No. 11
EXAMINING THE EVIDENCE
Is the rate of progressNo. This retrospective cohort study found a significantly longer latent phase when labor was induced, compared with spontaneous labor.EXPERT COMMENTARY
the same for induced
and spontaneous labors?
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque.
Induction of labor is warranted when the benefits of delivery (for the mother or fetus) outweigh the advantages of continuing the pregnancy. Common indications include membrane rupture, gestational hypertension, nonreassuring fetal status, and various maternal medical or fetal conditions.
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