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Elective repeat caesarean versus planned induction of labour for women with a previous caesarean birth

This version published: 2015; Review content assessed as up-to-date: October 31, 2014.

Link to full article: [Cochrane Library]

Plain language summary

When a woman has had a previous caesarean birth and requires induction of labour in a subsequent pregnancy there are two options for her care, elective repeat caesarean or planned induction of labour. Both forms of care have benefits and risks associated with them. There were no randomised controlled trials to help women, their partners and their caregivers make this choice.

Abstract

Background: When a woman has had a previous caesarean birth and requires induction of labour in a subsequent pregnancy there are two options for her care, an elective repeat caesarean or planned induction of labour. While there are risks and benefits for both elective repeat caesarean birth and planned induction of labour, current sources of information are limited to non‐randomised cohort studies. Studies designed in this way have significant potential for bias and consequently any conclusions based on these results are limited in their reliability and should be interpreted with caution.

Objectives: To assess, using the best available evidence, the benefits and harms of elective repeat caesarean section and planned induction of labour for women with a previous caesarean birth, who require induction of labour in a subsequent pregnancy.

Search methods: We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group Trials Register (31 October 2014).

Selection criteria: Randomised controlled trials with reported data that compared outcomes in mothers and babies for women who planned an elective repeat caesarean section with outcomes in women who planned induction of labour, where a previous birth had been by caesarean.

Data collection and analysis: There was no data extraction performed.

Main results: There were no randomised controlled trials identified.

Authors' conclusions: Both planned elective repeat caesarean section and planned induction of labour for women with a prior caesarean birth are associated with benefits and harms. Evidence for these care practices is drawn from non‐randomised studies that are associated with potential bias. Any results and conclusions must therefore be interpreted with caution. Randomised controlled trials are required to provide the most reliable evidence regarding the benefits and harms of both planned elective repeat caesarean section and planned induction of labour for women with a previous caesarean birth.

Editorial Group: Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group.

Publication status: New search for studies and content updated (no change to conclusions).

Citation: Dodd JM, Crowther CA, Grivell RM, Deussen AR. Elective repeat caesarean section versus induction of labour for women with a previous caesarean birth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD004906. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004906.pub4. Link to Cochrane Library. [PubMed: 25523070]

Copyright © 2014 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

PMID: 25523070

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