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A 38-year-old member asked:

if a patient wanted to be induced early to avoid a difficult delivery of a large infant, how unusual will it be to induce at less than 36 weeks?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Extremely: No doctor should consider this based on current guidelines. You should be evaluated for causes of a large infant. Elective delivery should not be performed prior to 39 weeks. Estimated size is not an appropriate indication for early delivery due to the inaccuracy inherent in estimating fetal weight. Size may be considered when deciding the route of delivery.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Wouldn't happen here: Any doc trying to induce early delivery at or before 36 wks here would be kicked off the hospital staff and be at risk of losing his/her license. The incidence of premature lung disease approaches 50% at that point. Local guidelines exclude any elective delivery before 38 wks.
Dr. Adam Levy
Dr. Adam Levy commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
I agree.. there MUST be a compelling reason to induce early...
Aug 18, 2015

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