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Will I have an increased risk of complications if labor is induced?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing

Having your labor induced without medical indications will increase your risk for cesarean section, interventions and complications. Elective or social induction has become very controversial led by the cesarean epidemic we face in this country.

If you choose despite the risks to be induced you should be a minimum of 39 weeks and have a favorable cervix. There is a score called a bishop score that evaluates how likely you are to have a successful induction.

If there is no medical reason to induce and you have a bishop score that is not favorable you have a high chance of ending up with a cesarean section. This has been well documented in the medical research and literature.

If you have medical reasons to be induced those reasons themselves may lead you to an increased risk of cesarean section or complications. Your provider will carefully weigh the risks of the induction with continuing the pregnancy. Make sure to have all your questions answered so that you will feel a part of any decision that needs to be made.

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