Induction lowers caesarean rates

Overall the risk of a caesarean delivery was 12% lower in women whose labour was induced compared to those who went into spontaneous labour. The effect was significant in term and post-term deliveries but not in pre-term labour.

Furthermore, the analysis showed that initial cervical dilation and the reason for induction did not alter the result.

Women experiencing uncomplicated pregnancies who were induced after 38 weeks or post-term without a medical indication for induction had a 19% reduced