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First-time mums who are in­duced be­fore they reach 40 weeks are less likely to re­quire an emer­gency cae­sarean, ac­cord­ing to a new study by the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health in the US. Re­searchers re­cruited 6000 first-time moth­ers and found that of the 3000 who were in­duced at 39 weeks, only 18 per cent needed a C-sec­tion com­pared with 22 per cent who pro­gressed with a nat­u­ral birth. Those in­duced also had lower rates of hy­per­ten­sion and post-par­tum in­fec­tion.

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