Induction of labour and its feto-maternal outcome


  • Mridu Sinha Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SRMS IMS, Bhojipura, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Shashi Bala Arya Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SRMS IMS, Bhojipura, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Shashi Saxena Department of PSM, SRMS IMS, Bhojipura, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Nitant Sood Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, SRMS IMS, Bhojipura, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India



Fetal distress, Fetal outcome, Induction of labour, Maternal outcome, Misoprost


Background: Induction of labour is an iatrogenic deliberate attempt to terminate the pregnancy in order to achieve vaginal delivery in cases of valid indication. It should be carefully supervised as it is a challenge to the clinician, mother and the fetus. Aim of this study was to find out common indications for IOL in a tertiary care teaching centre and its feto-maternal outcome.

Methods: An institutional based retrospective observational study was conducted to describe the prevalence of labour induction and factors associated with its outcome, during the time-period of one year from January 2018 to December 2018, at SRMS IMS, Bareilly. Logistic regression analysis was employed to assess the relative effect of determinants and statistical tests were used to see the associations.

Results: Most of the patients were primigravidas of younger age-group. Idiopathic oligohydramnios and postdatism were the commonest indications for induction of labour and Misoprost was the commonest drug used for it. Though majority had vaginal delivery, as the method was changed to combined method it was significantly associated with increased likelihood of LSCS. Similarly there was increased association with maternal cervico-vaginal tear / lacerations as the method was changed to combined type. However there were no association between post-partum hemorrhage, meconium stained liquor or fetal distress.

Conclusions: Common indications for induction of labour were oligohydramnios and postdatism. Misoprost can be safely used for induction of labour without any increased risk for LSCS or any fetal / neonatal risks.


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