Time to reject 'cultural stigma' around labour induction: obstetricians

Many benefits would flow from routinely offering low-risk women elective induction, they say

Australian doctors have called for all pregnant women to be given the option to choose an elective labour induction at 39 weeks’ gestation.

National guidance on pregnancy care should also be updated to remove any ambiguity about induction of labour (IOL), according to the obstetrician-gynaecologists.

“It is time to end the cultural stigma and institutional ambivalence associated with IOL,” argue Dr Harsha Ananthram from Wollongong Hospital in NSW and Professor Ajay Rane at

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