Considering an Induction

How can you make an informed decision about induction? The obvious answer is to talk to your care provider!

Published by Lauren Straight Letterman on 12/15/2019

With the holidays approaching, we often see an increase of labor inductions. When medically indicated, inductions are a very useful option. But when done out of convenience, they can come with additional concerns and risks for the birthing person and 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. What is 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 open 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 supportive birth team, you can make informed and educated decisions regarding the birth of your baby.

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