Inducing Labor Late in Pregnancy Doesn’t Increase C-Section Risk

By
Shannon M. Clark, MD
|
November 1, 2019
Inducing Labor Late in Pregnancy Doesn’t Increase C-Section Risk

Inducing labor in older pregnant women as they near their due date won’t worsen their birth experiences or make them any more likely to need a C-section, new research finds.

A study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found that inducing labor in women over age 35 — who are are more likely to end up delivering by C-section — didn’t increase their chances of needing the surgery.

“Those women now have more information to guide their choices,” said Dr. Kate F. Walker, the study’s author and an obstetrician-gynecologist with Nottingham University in England.

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Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life.

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