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What Is A Failed Labor Induction?

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

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2006 - Volume 49 - Issue 3 - pp 585-593
Symposium on Cervical Ripening and Labor Induction

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.

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: mlin@uab.edu

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.