American College of Nurse-Midwives Clinical Bulletin Number 18: Induction of Labor

American College of Nurse-Midwives

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Induction of labor is an increasingly common component of intrapartum care in the United States. This rise is fueled by a nationwide escalation in both medically indicated and elective inductions at or beyond term, supported by recent research showing some benefits of induction over expectant management. However, induction of labor medicalizes the birth experience and may lead to a complex cascade of interventions. The purpose of this Clinical Bulletin is twofold: (1) to guide clinicians on the use of person-centered decision-making when discussing induction of labor and (2) to review evidence-based practice recommendations for intrapartum midwifery care during labor induction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)140-149
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • elective induction
  • indicated induction
  • induction of labor
  • intrapartum
  • shared decision-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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