This Scientific Impact Paper (SIP) looks at the induction of labour in women of advanced maternal age (40+ years) and the possible benefits of inducing at an earlier stage of gestation (39-40 weeks).
With the average maternal age in the UK rising dramatically over the past two decades, there have been numerous studies undertaken to establish a link between rising maternal age and the increased risk of obstetric complications, increased risk of stillbirth and neonatal deaths.
This paper examines a collection of these studies, comparing fetal and maternal outcomes in women of advanced maternal age in the UK.
It is suggested that it would be justifiable for experts to conclude that inducing labour at an earlier stage of gestation in older mothers could improve perinatal outcomes and eliminate possible maternal risks of an ongoing pregnancy in women of advanced maternal age.
This Scientific Impact Paper can be downloaded as a pdf below: