More babies induced at 40 weeks would ‘improve the survival rate’
MUMS-TO-BE who are induced at 40 weeks rather than allowed to continue with their pregnancy are less likely to suffer a stillbirth or new born baby death, a study has found.
Researchers claim carrying out an additional 1,040 inductions of labour for women who have reached 40 completed weeks would prevent the death of one baby.
In a study of around one million pregnancies, Edinburgh University’s maternal and fetal health team found stillbirths and neonatal deaths occurred in 0.08 per cent of cases after labour was electively induced compared to 0.18 per cent of births when the pregnancy was... read more
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