Research published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that having induced labor produces more complications for women than spontaneous labor.
A ten-year study confirms that inducing labor prior to 39 weeks results in greater complications, such as prolonged labor and greater risk for getting a Caeasarean section.
300,000 births during the period of ten years were studied too evaluate the differences between induced labor and spontaneous labor.
Even babies born two weeks early were found to suffer from complications, like higher than usual bilirubin levels, feeding and respiratory problems resulting from early induced labor.
Another study by Christopher Glantz at the University of Rochester showed that if women waited for labor to naturally occur, then they could have prevented one out of two Caesarean sections. Getting a Caesarean section necessitates thousands of additional procedures that pose a risk for bleeding, blood clots as well as injury to certain organs.
Medical experts advise pregnant women to still practice patience and wait for labor to naturally occur instead of opting for induced labor.
SOURCES: • Summer. January 21, 2011. “Induced Labor Causes More Problems For Mom” GrowingYourBaby.com • January 12, 2011. “Labor Inductions Increase Risk of Caesareans, Study Finds” MedicalNewsToday.com