Inducing labor can help prevent cesarean births

(University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston) A new national study has found that inducing labor in first-time mothers at 39 weeks can help prevent cesarean births and high blood pressure. The University of Texas Medical Branch participated in the study and Dr. George Saade, chief of obstetrics and the principal investigator at UTMB, said that babies born to women induced at 39 weeks did not have worse outcomes compared to those who were not induced at 39 weeks.
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CONCLUSIONS: Elective induction of labor in uncomplicated singleton pregnancies from 39 weeks' gestation is not associated with maternal or perinatal complications and may reduce the risk of Cesarean section, hypertensive disease of pregnancy and need for neonatal respiratory support. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. PMID: 30298532 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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CONCLUSIONS: Patients who screen positive for impaired placentation, even if they do not develop PE or deliver SGA neonates, have pathological cardiac adaptation in pregnancy and increased risk of adverse perinatal outcome. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. PMID: 30246326 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Elective induction at 39 weeks also linked to lower risk of maternal high blood pressure disorders.
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CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that in women with isolated chronic hypertension, induction of labor at 38 or 39 weeks of gestation may prevent severe hypertensive complications without increasing the risk of cesarean delivery. PMID: 30095783 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Authors: Duncan JR, Tobiasz AM, Bursac Z, Rios-Doria EV, Schenone MH, Mari G Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare the uterine artery pulsatility index (UtAPI-AP) before labor and immediate postpartum (UtAPI-PP) in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HTNP) and normotensives near term. METHODS: Pregnancies ≥36 weeks admitted for labor induction in our institution from October 2015 to October 2017 were included. We excluded active labor, multiple gestations, fetal demise, and those with inadequate uterine artery sampling. Our primary outcome was to compare the UtAPI-AP and UtAPI-PP between subjects with HTNP (g...
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