Inducing labor may lead to more C-sections

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Pregnant women tempted to induce labor for convenience rather than medical necessity may want to wait for nature to take its course.

... inducing labor introduces a risk of 1 to 2 cesareans per 25 inductions that might have been avoided by waiting for spontaneous labor to begin.

... C-sections are major surgeries, and carry risk of infection, bleeding, blood clots, and injury to other organs ...

... all labor induced groups faced increased risk for C-section, except for those women delivering after 39 weeks.

... pregnant women and their doctors may be better off waiting for spontaneous labor. "Try to reserve interventions for situations where risk outweighs benefit," said Glantz, such as in cases of diabetes, high blood pressure, problems with the placenta, a baby that is not growing well, or a woman being 10 days past her due date.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448