Induction = C-Section (most of the time)

Every time I hear of a friend who is going to be induced I immediately think to myself, “I wonder what time she’ll have her c-section today?!” I can tell you countless stories of people (including myself) who were induced only to be wheeled off to the OR to be cut open. Why do inductions so often fail? Well, first off, they are NOT NATURAL. God intended for women to go into labor naturally and when WE try to alter God’s plans, things often DON’T go our way. I’ve read several articles recently about inductions (and their risks, see my previous post) and there is ALWAYS a paragraph or two about how inductions INCREASE the chance of a c-section.

This article shares more risks and goes into more details about the drugs used (Cytotec, Cervidil, Pitocin, etc.) in labor induction.

Here is a portion of the article:

“First-time mothers have approximately twice the likelihood of cesarean section with induction compared with natural onset of labor. This risk is due to the procedure itself, not any reason that might have led to inducing labor.  Inducing labor at 41 weeks in a hypothetical population of 100,000 first- time mothers will result in somewhere between 3,700 and 8,200 excess cesareans and cost an extra $29 to $39 million.”

Remember like someone once said, “When you buy the hospital ticket, you go for the hospital ride.” Induction leads to more painful contractions, which leads to getting an epidural, which leads to slowing down the labor process, which leads to a diagnosis of “failure to progress,” which ultimately leads to a C-SECTION. If you want to DECREASE your chances of having a c-section, then DO NOT agree to be induced.

Other interesting facts you’ll find in the article I mentioned:

1. Inducing labor for suspected big baby produces no benefits but increases the likelihood of cesarean section.

2. No credible evidence supports inducing labor in women with gestational—as opposed to pre- existing —diabetes.

3. Studies claiming to support routine induction of labor at 41 weeks of pregnancy have serious flaws.  No research supports routine induction at any earlier point in pregnancy; no sound research supports routine induction at any point in pregnancy.


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