WHO Recommendations for Induction of Labor
- Induction of labour should be performed only when there is a clear medical indication for it and the expected benefits outweigh its potential harms.
- In applying the recommendations, consideration must be given to the actual condition, wishes and preferences of each woman, with emphasis being placed on cervical status, the specific method of induction of labour and associated conditions such as parity and rupture of membranes.
- Induction of labour should be performed with caution since the procedure carries the risk of uterine hyperstimulation and rupture and fetal distress.
- Wherever induction of labour is carried out, facilities should be available for assessing maternal and fetal well-being.
- Women receiving oxytocin, misoprostol or other prostaglandins should never be left unattended.
- Failed induction of labour does not necessarily indicate caesarean section.
- Wherever possible, induction of labour should be carried out in facilities where caesarean section can be performed.
WHO recommendations for induction of labour (Full document)
WHO recommendation for induction (Evidence base document)