Why Is Labor Induced

Induction is very common — 1 out of 4 women in the U.S. starts labor with induction. Many times it’s done for medical reasons. But some women are induced for convenience, either their own or their doctor’s or midwife’s. Most experts think that’s a bad idea.

Why do some women need to have labor induced?

You are 1 to 2 weeks past your due date. After 41 weeks, you and your baby are at greater risk for complications.

Your water breaks but labor doesn’t start. Once your water breaks, you and your baby have a higher risk of infection. You might not need induction right away, though. Check with your doctor or midwife. Sometimes it’s still safe to let labor begin on its own. But after your water breaks, you must not get an internal/vaginal exam.

Your waters – the bag of fluid around your baby – usually break once you are having contractions but sometimes they can break before labour begins. If this happens, contact your midwife or hospital straight away. They will probably ask you to come in straight away for a check-up.

Your waters are sterile all though your pregnancy, protecting you and your baby from infection. Once they break, though, bacteria can get into your womb. Because there’s a risk that this could cause an infection, you may be offered induction.

If your waters break before you are 37 weeks, there is a risk of going into labour prematurely and doctors will talk through the options with you. These options might include induction depending on your health and your baby’s and how many weeks pregnant you are.

If you are 37 weeks or more, if all is well you’ll normally be able to go home after being checked over.

At this stage you can choose whether you want an induction or whether you would prefer to wait and see what happens.

If you agree to an induction, you’ll be given a date to go to hospital if labour hasn’t started naturally within a certain time.

If you decide to wait, the midwives and doctors will check you and your baby regularly. As long as you are both well, you can wait to see whether labour happens naturally.

You have a health problem that puts you or your baby at risk. If you have conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, or eclampsia, your doctor or midwife might want to induce labor.

A test showed your baby might have a problem. If your baby is not growing normally or has an abnormal heart rate, your doctor or midwife might want to induce labor. If the baby is in danger of not getting enough nutrients and oxygen from the placenta.

There is an infection inside the uterus known as chorioamnionitis.


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