Possible indications for labor induction include gestational or chronic hypertension, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, diabetes, premature rupture of membranes, severe fetal growth restriction, and post-term pregnancy but each case should be decided individually, according to revised guidelines by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The guidelines call for the gestational age of the fetus to be at least 39 weeks or for there to be evidence of fetal lung maturity for labor induction.

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