Induction by Request
Some women may prefer to have an induction, even without medical need. Inducing labor may appeal to both the woman and the health care provider because it helps them plan their schedules. The March of Dimes recommends that labor be induced only when the health of the woman or baby is at risk.
In 2003, labor was induced in 1 out of 5 deliveries in the United States. The rate has more than doubled since 1990. Some health care providers believe that many inductions are medically unnecessary.
The Risk of Late Preterm BirthInductions may contribute to the growing number of babies who are born “late preterm,” between 34 and 36 weeks gestation. While babies born at this time are usually considered healthy, they are more likely to have medical problems than babies born a few weeks later at full term (37-42 weeks).
A baby’s lungs and brain mature late in pregnancy. Compared to a full-term baby, an infant born between 34 and 36 weeks gestation is more likely to have problems with:
- Maintaining his or her temperature
It can be hard to pinpoint the date your baby was conceived. Being off by just a week or two can result in premature birth. This may make a difference in your baby’s health. Keep this in mind when scheduling an induction.
For more information about induction, read the article Inducing Labor.
What else has increased since the 1990's?
- learning disabilities
- endocrine disorders
- sensory integration
- hearing disorders
- vision disorders
The obstetric, neonatal, and pediatric caregivers will never pursue research to show what they have done in the name of science to learn the long-term effects of their interventions and practices -- touted as scientific and safe, but never shown to be. It's not in their best interest (emotionally, financially, or legally) to pursue research AFTER the fact to see what is the consequences of their practices.