Study supports induction in older primigravid women

OLDER primigravid women can be reassured that induction of labour at 39 weeks is no more likely to result in a caesarean or assisted vaginal delivery than waiting for labour to take its course naturally, according to findings from a randomised trial.

The results have prompted an Australian expert to strengthen his recommendation for women aged 40 or older to be reviewed at around 38 weeks to see if circumstances are favourable for induction.

“That would be wise,” says Professor Michael Permezel, president of the