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[Comment] Oral misoprostol is as safe as Foley catheter for labour induction…or is it?

In The Lancet, the researchers of the PROBAAT-II study1 pass another milestone on the long and circuitous evolution of methods to ripen the uterine cervix during induction of labour. Before there were prostaglandins, there were mechanical methods. One was a simple Foley catheter bulb passed through the cervix and inflated in the potential space between the amniotic sac and the uterus.2 In the decades following the introduction of dinoprostone vaginal gel, the Foley catheter method was all but forgotten.