When it comes to childbirth, doctors in Illinois typically prefer to allow nature to take its course, assisting as necessary. However, there are times when this is not possible, or doing so may pose an unreasonable risk to the baby. Under certain circumstances, your doctor may recommend giving nature a hand by inducing labor.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are plenty of legitimate indications for inducing labor. You may have pregnancy complications or a medical condition that could contribute to them. You may experience labor that does not progress quickly enough, causing distress to the baby. Or you may require labor induction for convenience’s sake if you have a history of rapid deliveries or live in a rural area far away from your birthing facility.

However, labor induction also poses potential risks to both you and your unborn child. Inducing labor could put you at risk for a uterine rupture, especially if you have had one or more cesarean sections in the past. You have a greater risk of severe bleeding following an induction due to improper contraction of the muscles of your uterus, and your baby could suffer from a low heart rate or oxygen supply due to the medications used for induction. Inducing labor could expose both you and your baby to possible infection, and in some cases induction fails completely, requiring an emergency C-section to deliver the baby.

It is important for your doctor to explain all your options to you, as well as the risks involved with each, so you can make an informed decision.

The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.