WHO | April 2015
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Key Messages of WHO’s Augmentation of Labour Guidelines

  • Augmentation of labour is a useful and important intervention when appropriate treatment, based on evidence-informed
    guidelines, is provided for delay in labour.
  • This intervention aims to prevent prolonged labour while tackling the problem of high caesarean section rates, a growing global
  • The inappropriate use of this intervention may cause harm, resulting in uterine hyperstimulation with adverse effects, such as
    fetal asphyxia and uterine rupture.