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Inducing labour in women with suspected large babies shows benefits

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2967 (Published 26 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2967
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Inducing labour in women with suspected large babies reduces birth fractures and mean birth weight and does not increase the rate of caesarean section or instrumental birth, a Cochrane review has found.1

Large babies, those over 4 kg (9 lb), are at increased risk of shoulder dystocia and trauma, particularly fractures and brachial plexus injury. Women with suspected fetal macrosomia are at greater risk of caesarean section or instrumental birth.

Inducing labour early may reduce birth injuries, but, if done too early, …

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