The risks of induced labor
Have you ever considered inducing labor? A friend of mine did this – twice. And with the help of her midwife. Each time, she wanted to deliver a few days before her due date in order to be able to fly to attend a wedding party. The first time it worked out and everything went well. The second time, something went wrong and she had to have an emergency C-section. Luckily, she and her baby came through safe and sound.
But seriously, I think it was very irresponsible of her. And of her midwife. Forcing your baby out of your tummy because you don’t want to miss a party is – well – I’d rather not say it.
There are medical reasons when labor has to be induced and the most common are when baby’s long overdue, way beyond (more than 6 days) the expected date. A lot of inductions, however, are done for convenience, according to researchers at La Trobe University, Australia.
Researchers advise against induction of labor unless absolutely necessary. And before doing so, the benefits should be weighed against the risks.
So what are the risks?
According to the Australian study:
- Induced labors increased the risk for C-section (2 to 4 times more), forceps delivery (20 to 70%), and hemorrhage (17%) compared to spontaneous deliveries.
- It also increased the likelihood for babies to be in need of neonatal care (24%) and active resuscitation (15 to 100%).
- For the mother, the risk of tearing of the perineum or episiotomy is high during induced labor compared to spontaneous delivery.
And what are the benefits?
Other than convenience, you mean? Hmmm………..
What about you? Would you go for induced labor for the sake of convenience?