What Is A Failed Labor Induction?LIN, MONIQUE G. MD; ROUSE, DWIGHT J. MD, MSPHClinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2006 - Volume 49 - Issue 3 - pp 585-593 Symposium on Cervical Ripening and Labor Induction Abstract Author Information 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. Author Information Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Center for Research in Women's Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama Correspondence: Monique G. Lin, MD, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Center for Research in Women's Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 619 19th Street S.-450 Old Hillman Building, Birmingham, Alabama. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.