A Swedish study has looked at the risk of CS in low risk PAROUS women who are induced (women who have had a baby before). The Caesarean section rate in this group is doubled following elective induction of labour and tripled if a cervical ripening method (eg Propess or prostaglandin gel) is used.
This research is very significant and urgently requires to be replicated to make sure its highly significant findings are confirmed in other settings. Any low-risk parous woman faced with elective induction should be made aware of the findings if she is to make an informed choice.
The paper can be found here: