“Vaginal birth after Caesarean: to induce or not to induce.”
Researchers in this study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2001 suggest that while inducing labour with medication poses dangers for all deliveries, it is especially hazardous for those women who have had previous Caesarean sections.
The study involved 179 women with a history of Caesarean deliveries. Of the 57 who had their labour induced, 57.9% had successful vaginal deliveries, compared with 77.1% of those who did not use labour-inducing drugs.
Among women who went into labour spontaneously, those who used oxytocin had a 64.5% chance of avoiding a Caesarean delivery, compared with 87.5% of mothers who did not use oxytocin.
For mothers who delivered via Caesarean delivery in the past, inducing labour not only ups the risk of repeat Caesarean deliveries but also multiplies the odds of uterine rupture.
Sims EJ, Newman RB, Hulsey TC Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2001; 184(6):
This study highlights the dangers of medication induced labour.