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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
Symposium on Cervical Ripening and Labor Induction

What Is A Failed Labor Induction?

LIN, MONIQUE G. MD; ROUSE, DWIGHT J. MD, MSPH

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Abstract

Criteria for failed labor induction have not been standardized. The increasing prevalence of labor induction and the lack of a definition for failed induction contribute to unnecessary abdominal deliveries. Labor duration, cervical dilation, and uterine activity necessary to attain the active phase are reviewed. A practical definition of failed induction of labor is suggested.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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