• Does Induced Labor Put First-Time Moms and their Babies at Risk?

    If there is no medical necessity, you may want to change your mind about inducing labor.
  • birthAccording to a recent study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, opting for induced labor for convenience rather than medical necessity puts first-time moms and their infants at health risk.

    Also known as “elective induction,” the research shows that deciding to have induced labor raises the risk of having a Caesarean section, which increases the mother’s chances as well of greater blood loss and longer recovery time.

    The study evaluated the medical charts of 485 first-time moms who delivered their babies at the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2007. The results showed that about one-third of those who opted for induced labor had to have a C-section, versus those whose labor was not induced.

    C-sections, considered major surgeries, put mothers at risk for “infection, complications and more surgeries.”

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