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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
August 20, 2014

Decreasing Rates of Induced Labor

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JAMA. 2014;312(7):688. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9634

After increasing nearly every year since 1990, rates of induced labor for singleton births have decreased in recent years.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics reported that rates of induced labor had more than doubled, from 9.6% in 1990 to 23.8% in 2010. However, the rate decreased slightly in 2011, to 23.7%, and again in 2012, to 23.3%. Induction rates decreased in all gestational age categories from 2010 through 2012, the investigators noted (Osterman MJK and Martin JA. NCHS Data Brief. 2014;155:1-8).

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