Research Article

Selective induction of labour.

Br Med J 1975; 4 doi: (Published 27 December 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;4:727
  1. K O'Driscol,
  2. C J Carroll,
  3. M Coughlan


    In a prospective study of 1000 consecutive primigravidae labour was induced on 95 occasions. None of 16 perinatal deaths and none of 4 cases of suspected brain damage occurred after prolonged pregnancy or pre-eclampsia. It is concluded that a low incidence of induction is compatible with good results and that enthusiasm for the statistical concept of high risk in obstetric practice should be reviewed in the interest of mothers and children as individuals.