Elective Inductions of Labor Between 39 and 41 Weeks*

Recommendation

Avoid elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor between 39 weeks, 0 days and 41 weeks, 0 days unless the cervix is deemed favorable.

  • Ideally, labor should start on its own initiative whenever possible.
  • Higher Cesarean delivery rates result from inductions of labor when the cervix is unfavorable.
  • Health care clinicians should discuss the risks and benefits with their patients before considering inductions of labor without medical indications.