Once seen as a harmless practice, there are new findings that link non-medically indicated inductions to maternal and fetal complications. This thesis will answer questions regarding the negative impacts of elective induction on maternal/fetal outcomes, the accuracy of ultrasonography technology in determining gestational age how that plays a role in decision-making for inductions, the economic effect of elective inductions, policies and interventions healthcare providers can institute to decrease the rates nationally, policies insurance companies have begun to institute to drive down the rates of elective induction, and best practices to curb elective induction.
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Department of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing
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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing
Bockrath, Dara B., "Forget 37 Weeks....Go the Full 40: Improving Maternal and Fetal Outcomes" (2020). Honors Theses. 725.