Poll: Do You Experience Higher Failed Induction of Labor with Obese Women?

August 7, 2011

Researchers have found that obese women are twice as likely to experience failed induction of labor compared to women of normal weight. The rate of failed induction increased with increasing obesity. Further, obesity was also associated with increased neonatal morbidity-infants born to obese women were more likely to have an Apgar score of less than 7 at 5 minutes, require assisted ventilation, require use of antibiotics, and experience neonatal transfer.

Researchers have found that obese women are twice as likely to experience failed induction of labor compared to women of normal weight. The rate of failed induction increased with increasing obesity. Further, obesity was also associated with increased neonatal morbidity-infants born to obese women were more likely to have an Apgar score of less than 7 at 5 minutes, require assisted ventilation, require use of antibiotics, and experience neonatal transfer.