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This pilot project is a randomized controlled trial where induced patients receive an intervention of oxytocin discontinuation once in the active stage of labor (≥6 cm dilation). The intent is to reduce uterine hyperstimulation and fetal distress, therefore, lowering cesarean sections (CS) in first time mothers at term (≥ 37 weeks), with a cephalic presenting singleton fetus, without increasing maternal or neonatal morbidity. If REDUCE-I pilot trial suggests a safe reduction in CS rates and patient satisfaction, application for a multi-centre randomized controlled trial would follow.


Clinical Trial Description

This pilot project is a randomized controlled trial of a proposed intervention to modify management of labor inductions once in the active first stage of labor. The intervention will take place at Foothills Medical Centre (FMC). Randomization will be computer generated, participants will be stratified by need for cervical ripening and randomization will be blocked. Participants will be primiparous women 18 years old or older, at term (≥ 37 weeks) with a cephalic presenting singelton fetus undergoing induction of labor with oxytocin. Once patients are in the active first stage of labor, study medication will be initiated (identical vials of oxytocin or saline prepared by the Alberta Health Services Research Pharmacy). Treatment period will continue until delivery. If the frequency of contractions are reduced to less than 2 in 10 minutes or there has been no change in dilation for 4 hours, then oxytocin can be restarted. Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton will be used as a contemporaneous non-intervention control site. ;


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NCT number NCT05037617
Study type Interventional
Source University of Calgary
Contact Stephen L Wood, MD, FRCSC
Phone 403-944-1438
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 1, 2021
Completion date December 31, 2023

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