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2019 Dec 11

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth



Induction of labor compared to expectant management in term nulliparas with a latent phase of labor of more than 8 hours: a randomized trial.


Sargunam P N, Bak L L M, Tan P C, Vallikkannu N, Noor Azmi M A, Zaidi S N, Win S T, Omar S Z
BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Dec 11; 19(1):493.
PMID: 31829138.


Prolonged latent phase of labor is associated with adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes. Preliminary data indicate that labor induction for prolonged latent phase may reduce cesarean delivery. We performed a study powered to Cesarean delivery to evaluate labor induction compared to expectant management in full term nulliparas hospitalized for persistent contractions but non-progressive to established labor after an overnight stay.