Published in Women's Health Weekly, August 23rd, 2007
"Prolonged (postterm) pregnancy-defined as delivery at or beyond 42 weeks' gestation-complicates 10% of all gestations and is associated with increased risks to both fetus (stillbirth, macrosomia, birth injury, meconium aspiration syndrome) and mother (cesarean delivery, severe perineal injury, postpartum hemorrhage). The risk of routine induction of labor (failed induction leading to cesarean delivery) in the era of cervical ripening is lower than previously reported," wrote E.R. Norwitz and colleagues, Yale University, Medical...
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