alexa Labor Induction in Primiparous Women and Women with an Unripe Cervix-1
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Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health
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Research Article

Labor Induction in Primiparous Women and Women with an Unripe Cervix-1

Anna Thorbiornson1, Tomislav Vladic2 and Ylva Vladic Stjernholm2*

1Educational Programme in Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

2Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institute and Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

*Corresponding Author:
Ylva Vladic Stjernholm
Department of Women’s and Children’s Health
Karolinska University Hospital Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: 46851770999
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: May 30, 2016; Accepted date: June 07, 2016; Published date: June 11, 2016

Citation: Thorbiornson A, Vladic T, Stjernholm YV (2016) Labor Induction in Primiparous Women and Women with an Unripe Cervix. J Preg Child Health 3:259. doi:10.4172/2376-127X.1000259

Copyright: © 2016 Thorbiornson A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of oral prostaglandin in solution, vaginal prostaglandin gel and trans cervical catheter for labor induction in primiparous women and women with an unripe cervix. Design: A retrospective study. Methods: Data from original obstetric records at a university hospital in Sweden in 2012-2013. Results: In primiparous women, vaginal birth <24 h was achieved in 54% with oral prostaglandin, 71% with vaginal prostaglandin, and 71% with catheter, whereas caesarean section was needed in 25%, 41% and 26% respectively. In women with an unripe cervix, vaginal birth <24 h was achieved in 66% with oral prostaglandin, 79% with vaginal prostaglandin, and 77% with catheter, while caesarean section was carried out in 21%, 33% and 21% respectively. The induction to vaginal delivery interval was the shortest with catheter and the longest with oral prostaglandin. The rates of obstetric bleeding, chorioamnionitis, uterine hyper stimulation and neonatal asphyxia were comparable. Conclusion: Oral prostaglandin in solution was less effective than vaginal prostaglandin gel and transcervical catheter in achieving vaginal birth <24 h. However, oral prostaglandin and catheter were safer, since they resulted in fewer caesarean sections without increasing maternal morbidity or neonatal asphyxia.


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