Considering an Induction?

With the holidays coming up, we often see an increase in the number of inductions of labor.

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 11.55.38 AMWhen it is medically necessary, inductions can be a very useful thing. But when done out of convenience, they can also be detrimental to your health and the health of your baby.

So how can you make an informed decision? The obvious answer is to talk to your care provider! Ask questions. Most care providers have no problem addressing your concerns. After all, they are working for you.

  1. Why are they recommending induction? Are there health concerns?

  2. How favorable is your cervix? This is a pretty big one actually. Do they know your Bishop Score?

  3. What are the methods of induction do they prefer to use? What are the benefits and risks of each method?

  4. Will you be given the opportunity to eat and drink as needed during the induction?

  5. Can you get out of bed and move about to find positions that are comfortable to you? Is the tub/shower an option with induction?

  6. What is their policy about possibly turning off the Pitocin once things get going? Are they opening to slowly increasing the Pitocin?

  7. Are you on a time limit? What sort of circumstances might affect that time limit?

These are just a few suggestions for what to ask your care provider when/if the topic of inducing your labor is brought up. Remember this: It is your body and your baby. Ultimately the decision is yours. With a care provider who is on the same page as you, you can make informed and educated decisions regarding the birth of your baby.

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