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Induced Labor Lowers the Risk of C-Sections


Narrator:        This is Science Today. Pregnant women whose labor is induced have a lower risk of caesarean delivery. Dr. Andrew Caughey, a maternal fetal specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, says in a calm practice setting, it makes perfect sense.

Caughey:        Because really, if your baby's head is down and you don't have another reason that you need to have a C-section, there are only two reasons one should have a caesarean delivery is, number one, the baby doesn't fit and number two, the baby doesn't tolerate labor.

Narrator:        Caughey says that past a certain gestational age, babies get bigger and the relationship between the placenta and the uterus degrades beyond 39 and 40 weeks of gestational age.

Caughey:        So, those two reasons are the only real reason one should have a caesarean delivery and those two reasons only get worse beyond your due date or beyond 41 weeks of gestational age. It does make sense that you'd end up with a lower risk of caesarean delivery if you're induced.

Narrator:        Caughey and his colleagues recently found that a little patience during stalled labor can also avoid many c-sections. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.