Induction of Labour : What are the complications?


Induction of labour can be associated some complications:
(1)   Induction of labour may fail leading to caesarean section
(2)   Sometimes the contractions become too strong and too rapid causing distress to the baby
(3)   In rare circumstances, it can cause uterine rupture especially in women with previous deliveries or previous caesarean sections
(4)   Infection inside the womb with prolonged membrane rupture without delivery (however, it is less likely if delivery occurs within 12 hours)
(5)   Sometimes in patients whereby the baby’s head is not well engaged, artificial rupture of membrane can cause the umbilical cord to slip out first (prolapsed cord)
(7)   1.5x increased risk of operative vaginal delivery and 1.8x increased risk of caesarean section  

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