Induction of labour can lead to caesareans

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A new study ... looked at 7,804 pregnant women giving birth for the first time and found that 43.6 percent of them had their labor induced ... [Women having an induction] regardless of the reason were 2.6 times more likely to have a C-section, meaning 20 percent of them were linked to inducing labor. In 1990, 9.5 percent of women in the United States had their labor induced. Sixteen years later, that number jumped to 22.5 percent. Currently, 32 percent of babies born in the United States are delivered by C-section, an all-time high. Women who deliver by C-section the first time are more likely to have a C-section in subsequent deliveries, so the goal is to prevent C-sections the first time around.

There's a place for all interventions in labour and birth. Mostly, they're over-used. However, sometimes intervention is life-saving. Some good reasons for an induction might be high blood pressure or a baby who is not growing well inside. However, reasons such as suspected big baby or wanting to schedule birth for convenience might be re-thought in light of this research that confirms previous research on the topic.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448