Oxytocin for the induction of labor

K. J. Blakemore, R. H. Petrie

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The obstetric benefits and dangers of using oxytocin to promote uterine activity have long been appreciated. The induction of labor should be undertaken when the positive reasons for delivery outweight the risks of allowing the pregnancy to continue. Over the years, recognition of the pharmacokinetics of oxytocin has led to modifications in how it is administered for the induction of labor. Most would agree that it should be used in the lowest possible dose that will provide a safe as well as efficacious process of labor for both the woman and her fetus. The sensitivity of the uterus to oxytocin varies with gestational age and from individual to individual.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-353
Number of pages15
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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