If your due date has passed and your healthcare provider feels you and your baby would benefit if the birth was sooner as opposed to later, he or she may suggest an induction.
When discussing labor inductions with your provider, it’s important to understand who makes a good candidate for this type of intervention and why it isn’t for everyone.
Inducing labor can be a good option for a variety of reasons. It is most commonly used when there is a threat to the health of mom or baby.
Inducing may be recommended if:
An induction is considered elective when it is not performed for medical reasons. Although you may wish to induce based on convenience for a busy lifestyle, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that labor should only be induced if it’s dangerous for the baby to stay inside the mother’s uterus, as labor inductions are associated with a variety of risks such as low heart rate, infection, umbilical cord problems and the need for a cesarean.
Your preference may be to let your labor progress naturally, but it’s important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to give birth. If your healthcare provider is concerned about your health or the health of your baby, or your pregnancy continues two weeks past your due date, inducing labor may be the best option.