Absolute contraindications to labor induction

A. Prior classical uterine incision

B. Active genital herpes infection

C. Placenta or vasa previa

D. Umbilical cord prolapse

E. Fetal malpresentation, such as transverse lie II. Requirements for induction

A. Prior to undertaking labor induction, assessments of gestational age, fetal size and presentation, clinical pelvimetry, and cervical examination should be performed. Fetal maturity should be evaluated, and amniocentesis for fetal lung maturity may be needed prior to induction.

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