Of 475,000 births tracked (2001–2016), 15% of births were induced with no medical reason. Induced labour in 1st time mothers was associated with increased risk of C-section (29% vs 14%), instrumental birth (e.g., forceps; 28% vs 24%), episiotomy (41% vs 30%), and epidurals (71% vs 41%).

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France considers full term to be 42 to weeks, so will induce at that time if nothing is happening. I was ten days past my due date with no signs of him popping out, and I am a small lady. He came out 9.814 lbs and 22 inches. Has to have two epidurals and got sewn up from a stage 3 rip. If he would have gotten bigger I wouldn’t have been able to get him out and definitely would have had a c section. Gah.


Career women love to scheduled the birth. As dose the doctor. Had quite a few people recommend c-section to my wife. also adding “and it doesn’t mess up ‘down-there.”’ Not our bag.


>Our BMJ Open study tracked almost 475,000 births in NSW between 2001 and 2016. Of these, 69,397 (15%) had an induction of labour with no medical reason given. These women were aged 20 to 35 years, had a healthy pregnancy, and didn’t smoke or have high blood pressure or diabetes. ​ >Induction is often recommended when: > > – pregnancy has gone over 41 weeks to reduce the risk of stillbirth > > – the mother has high blood pressure or diabetes > > – there is another significant issue threatening the health of the mother or baby > >Our research found sometimes inductions are done where there is no identified medical reason. As previous research has shown, this is especially the case in private hospitals. > >Sometimes women are told their baby is bigger or smaller than normal. Bigger babies may lead to more complications with the birth, and smaller babies may not be growing well. However, ultrasound can be very inaccurate, and babies thought to be small or large are often a very average size at birth. > >Sometimes women are sick of being pregnant and are (understandably) uncomfortable and request an induction or are offered it by doctors. ​ >In one area there were benefits for mothers who were induced: severe perineal tears were slightly lower for first time mothers (4.2% vs 4.9%) and those who had given birth previously (0.7% vs 1.2%). > >Mothers having subsequent babies did not have the same high intervention rates that first time mothers did. > >Another recently published study had similar findings of increased caesarean section rates for first time mothers. ​ >Following induction of labour, babies had more trauma during birth, and were more likely to need resuscitation. This is probably partly due to being born early and/or having more surgical intervention. > >Babies born after induction were more likely to be admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties and infections (ear, nose, throat, respiratory, sepsis) at a range of ages, up to 16 years.


From what the doctors told me there is a real risk to the baby if it’s not born soon after the expected date


The real news here is that between 30-41% of all women are ending up with an episiotomy – jeezus that’s terrible.