Making an appointment … for childbirth

A 12-year study in Illinois revealed that 25 to 30 percent of women were scheduling their labour and delivery rather than allowing it to occur spontaneously. The increased rate of induced labour was partly related to a rise in pregnancy rates. Physicians noted that, while the majority of inductions were for medical reasons, “convenience” was frequently noted as well. The chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico expressed concern about the increased risk of Caesarian section in induced labour.

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