Elective induction: When? Ever?

William A. Grobman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The frequency of labor induction has increased significantly in recent years. Although medically indicated inductions comprise a portion of this increase, elective inductions have increased in frequency as well. Given that elective inductions, by definition, provide no benefit from a strictly medical standpoint, it is particularly important to evaluate whether women who undergo these inductions incur greater risks than those who labor spontaneously. This article will assess whether elective inductions are associated with changes in pregnancy outcomes, and evaluate how these associations are influenced by parity and cervical ripeness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-546
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Cesarean
  • Elective labor induction
  • Pregnancy outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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