Let the Baby Decide: The Case against Inducing Labor

An article in Mothering Magazine.
By Nancy Griffin
Issue 105, March/April 2001

Why induce labor?
“According to ACOG, “Induction of labor is indicated when the benefits to either the mother or fetus outweigh those of continuing the pregnancy.”30 A very small number of babies (a typical estimate would be less than Caldeyo-Barcia’s 3 percent, mentioned above) actually need to be induced for medical reasons. Another 3 to 12 percent seem to want to drive their mothers crazy and hang out inside that wonderful, warm, loving womb. No one knows why these suspected “postmature” babies choose not to make an appearance exactly when those of us on the outside want them to.”

Read the rest of this article. Seriously…go read it.

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