Stillbirths lower with elective induction

Elective induction of labour between 37 and 41 weeks is less likely to result in stillbirth or neonatal death compared to expectant management, research finds.

A Scottish study, reviewing data on over one million singleton pregnancies, found that neonatal death occurred in 0.08% of labours induced by 40 weeks, compared with 0.18% of labours managed expectantly.

But the research, published Friday in the BMJ (online), also found that elective induction of