Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 294, Issue 6, pp 1195–1201 | Cite as

Induction of labor: does indication matter?

  • Rinat Gabbay-Benziv
  • Eran HadarEmail author
  • Eran Ashwal
  • Rony Chen
  • Arnon Wiznitzer
  • Liran Hiersch
Maternal-Fetal Medicine



Labor induction is performed in 20 % of pregnancies. However, the impact of the indications for induction on its failure rate has hardly been investigated. We aimed to evaluate the association of indications for labor induction with failure rate.


Background and delivery-related data were retrospectively collected for all women with a viable term singleton pregnancy, who underwent labor induction with a PGE2 vaginal insert in 2013–2014. Reasons for induction were categorized as maternal indications, hypertensive disorders, premature rupture of membranes, and fetal indications. Induction failure was defined as Bishop score ≤7 at 24 h after PGE2 administration, cesarean delivery due to latent phase dystocia or removal of the insert due to non-reassuring fetal heart rate followed by emergency cesarean delivery. Outcome measures were rate of induction failure (primary) and rate of cesarean delivery (secondary).


The cohort included 1066 women. Those who failed induction (n = 213, 20 %) were more likely to be nulliparous (69.5 vs. 45.7 %, p < 0.0001), older (31 vs. 30 years, p = 0.047), and at an earlier gestational age (39.4 vs. 40.0 weeks, p < 0.0001). Among nulliparous women, maternal indications were significantly associated with induction failure (aOR 2.52, 95 % CI 1.28–4.95, p = 0.007) and cesarean delivery (aOR 2.36, 95 % CI 0.40–2.29, p = 0.019). Among multiparous women, hypertensive disorders (aOR 7.26, 95 % CI 1.89–27.87, p = 0.004) and maternal indications (aOR 4.22, 95 %CI 1.14–15.58, p = 0.031) were significantly associated with induction failure but not cesarean delivery.


The indication for induction of labor may impact its failure rate.


Induction of labor Indications Failure Cesarean delivery 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.

Research involving human participants

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

This study was approved by the local institutional review board (IRB) of the Rabin medical center.

Obtaining informed consent was waived by the IRB.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rinat Gabbay-Benziv
    • 1
    • 2
  • Eran Hadar
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Eran Ashwal
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rony Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Arnon Wiznitzer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Liran Hiersch
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Rabin Medical CenterHelen Schneider Hospital for WomenPetach-TikvaIsrael
  2. 2.Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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