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Rapid response to:


Risk of recurrence of prolonged pregnancy

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:476

Rapid Response:

Re: Risk of recurrence of prolonged pregnancy

Response to Leilah McCracken
We partly agree with Leilah McCracken in that labour should be spontaneous and natural because there is no environment as good as intrauterine (in mother’s womb) environment. But we differ as well. The foetus is safe in mother’s womb so long as the environment is foetus friendly. For example if liqour is adequate the foetus is safer. According to my (Anuradha Jaswal) experience the amniotic fluid volume goes down after 40 weeks and unexplained stillbirths also increase after that. Multipara, Intrauterine growth retardation, unfavorable Manning score and non-stress test, thinning down of caesarean scar are relative contraindications of induction.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 August 2012
Anuradha Jaswal
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Neeru Gupta
General Practice
Obs and Gyn Clinic