Birth intervention increases danger of complications

New research has found that inducing labour when it is not medically necessary can increase the risk of complications for mum and baby. Women whose labour was induced for non-recognised medical reasons had a 67 per cent increased risk of requiring a caesarean section. That is quite significant.

The study found that inducing labour also significantly increased the risks for newborns. Babies had a 64 per cent increased risk of requiring nursery care and a 44 per cent increased risk of requiring treatment, compared with infants born after the spontaneous onset of labour.

About half of all inductions are not medically-necessary, according to statistics. "Medically necessary" includes such things as going overdue, high blood pressure, waters broken for more than 18 hours with no sign of labour, gestational diabetes requiring insulin and concerns about the baby, for example. Non-medical reasons can include reasons of convenience and for scheduling purposes.

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