Induction of labour

in Australia we have rising rates of induction of labour for reasons varying widely
Mothers have often been told that induction of labour doesn’t increase their risk of having a caesarian section BUT if a mother spends more time lying on her back which is often necessary during an induction, ( because she needs constant fetal heart rate monitoring ) then there is increased likelihood of venocaval compression resulting in increased likelihood of feral distress which then increases likelihood of caesarian

In addition women who are induced spend more time lying in their back in a hospital setting where they may feel more anxious are more likely to experience more discomfort , choose an early epidural which lessens the ability to move , resulting in less likelihood of gravity encouraging fetal head to move through the pelvis , This also increases likelihood of Caesarian section

Active labour where mums use instinctive breathing techqnieus and are able to move instinctively results in less likelihood of baby becoming distressed and more likely to move optimally through the birth canal.

Mothers who commence labour naturally are more likely to spend longer at home , feel more comfortable at home and require less monitoring ( as their body is doing what it’s meant to be )

Certainly many inductions are warranted for maternal or fetal conditions BUT many may not be in the woman’s or baby’s best interests

We need to weigh up risk vs benefit before complicating normal pregnancy
Induction of labour also carries risk

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