Friday 2 December 2016

Inducing pregnant women at 39 weeks 'could reduce stillbirths'

Published 17/05/2016 | 02:30

Stillbirth happens in one in every 200 births. There are around 273 stillbirths in Ireland anually.
Stillbirth happens in one in every 200 births. There are around 273 stillbirths in Ireland anually.

Inducing pregnant women at around 39 weeks could reduce term stillbirths by up to half, it has been claimed.

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Stillbirth happens in one in every 200 births. There are around 273 stillbirths in Ireland anually.

Experts from Nuada Gynaecology in the UK said if the induction is done under carefully controlled conditions and both mother and baby are healthy, then the avoidable tragedy of stillbirths could be reduced significantly.

There are many causes of stillbirth we cannot change, such as genetic foetal abnormality. Pre-term stillbirth has also proven resistant to intervention.

Done properly, early induction is safe and does not need to increase Caesarean section rates or the rate of other interventions. The main risks of induction are hyper stimulation, which can be easily counteracted by available drugs, or if the induction is not appropriately supervised or fails.

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