Elective Inductions of Labor Between 39 and 41 Weeks*
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.