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A 30-year-old gravida 3, para 1 woman presented at 41 weeks’ gestation for induction of labor. The pregnancy had been unremarkable. Two years before this pregnancy, the woman had undergone a cesarean after protracted labor that resulted in the delivery of a term healthy infant. For this pregnancy, a decision to induce labor and have a trial of labor after cesarean was agreed upon by the woman and her obstetrician. Increasing amounts of oxytocin were administered. Nine hours after induction was started, her contractions dramatically increased in frequency. The intervals between the peak of contractions varied between 60 and 90 seconds and the time between the end of...

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