Inductions are quite common in many western hospitals, often for non medical reasons. Many women aren’t made aware of all the risks associated with induction so they don’t have a chance to make an informed decision. Sometimes they’re aware of the risks but believe that an induction is medically necessary. No matter the reason for inductions, they happen – so this guide is for women who are booked in for an induction and want to decrease the risks, pain and complications which often come with them.
Two major risks of induction:
- Stalled Labor – Labor won’t progress any further or baby appears to be stuck.
- Fetal Distress – Drugs such as pitocin can increase the risks of distress.
1. Make Sure You Need an Induction
Although many women may believe they need an induction, in some cases they may not. Some common reasons which DON’T always require an induction include:1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7