Scheduled Labor Is Risky For Moms And Babies

A new study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicines, restates what other studies have stated...
A new study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicines, restates what other studies have stated in the past - that inducing labor without a good medical medical reason to do so is associated with negative outcomes. Scheduled labor is not as healthy for a mother-to-be or baby. Risks for a mama, when she's induced without medical reason, includes increased risk of cesarean delivery, more blood loss and extended length of stay in the hospital. Furthermore, scheduled labor, without medical reason, has zero benefits for the newborn and may even mean risks. For example, babies born after an induced labor are more likely to need oxygen after the delivery, and more likely to require specialized care from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Since scheduled labor without medical cause is not useful, and even risky, you'd wonder why they happen at all. But happen they do. In fact recent studies suggests that 10% of all births are performed electively before the 39-week mark, and the CDC notes that labor is induced in more than one in five births. That's simply too many inductions without medical reason. Medical News Today notes that researchers on this new study report that "In the past decade, scheduled deliveries have become commonplace, with physicians making elective inductions part of their routine obstetric care." Study authors say that reasoning behind early induction tend to be social, for example an early induction may be done so that the birth is convenient or so that parents may get their chosen doctor. Inducing labor without medical cause is far from harmless. For one thing, induction is not as easy as natural labor because your body is not ready and neither is your baby's. Believe it or not, women are made to give birth. Most women, if left alone, will go into labor when they should. If you induce you're more likely to have interventions and complications. As someone who experienced an emergency induction, I can tell you that it was extremely painful and long. Induced labor is almost always more painful than natural labor because you have forced, not natural contractions. While you may be tempted to plan your labor and birth, it's much better and safer, for both you and your baby if you let nature take it's course.

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