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Induction - help or hazard?

Almost every woman in USA or Australia who reaches 42 weeks of pregnancy will be induced (if she hasn't been already) within the obstetric system.

It is only in the midwifery model of care, as shown in the homebirth community, that gestating until 42, 43, 44, 45- even 46 weeks is experienced as a natural variation of normal.

Every mother needs to have a plan in mind of how she wants to approach things if she does go past the magical 42 weeks cut-off period instituted by most hospitals.

This is not an easy decision. It helps if you know something about why inductions are so widely recommended and carried out, and what safe alternatives there are - if any.

The case for induction

The case against induction

Does routine induction at 41 weeks reduce the caesarean rate for first time mothers?

This study conclude that, "almost 1000 inductions of labour at 41+0 weeks will be needed to prevent a single fetal death. Our study suggests that the contention that routine induction of labour at 41+0 weeks reduces a woman’s chance of CS is untrue, and that the opposite may be true: that inducing labour actually may increase the nulliparous woman’s chance of undergoing Caesarean section."

Induction Dangers

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