by George Citroner on November 20, 2019

“[We] assess the cervix, its consistency, dilation, [and] position to determine if a cervical ripening agent is needed to soften and thin out or efface the cervix. There are medications that can be given orally or per vagina to accomplish this,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, MPH, FACOG, director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln told Healthline. “Once the cervix has been primed, a medication called oxytocin or Pitocin is given to cause contractions.” she said.

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