Obat Aborsi – Labor and Delivery – Risks of Induction– Some women choose induction for labor, even if they don’t really need it. “Need” is the operative word here. Induction is beneficial when it is truly needed. But choosing induction for convenience can cause big risks for mother and for baby.
Pregnant women and their health care providers may like the “idea” of labor induction because they can arrange their schedules beforehand. Some moms like the idea of getting pregnancy “over with” so they can meet their newborn. Doctors like the convenience of scheduling labor Monday through Friday 9-5, so they don’t have middle of the night or weekend trips to the hospital.
However, the March of Dimes suggests that induction of labor should be used only if mom’s health or baby’s health is at risk. In the United States, in 2006, induction was used in every 1 out of 5 deliveries. Because most of these inductions were being done to women who are only 37-39 weeks along, their bodies and their babies were not ready for birth. Babies paid the price by being born too early and spending time in the NICU. Moms paid the price by having unplanned cesarean surgeries.
Risks Involved in Late Preterm Birth
Inducing labor causes babies being born too early or “Late Preterm”. A late preterm delivery implies the birth of a baby whose gestational age is between 34 and 36 weeks. A baby born so early may have difficulty breathing on his own, suckling at the breast. And, when born this early, his brain will only be about two-thirds the size it should be by 40 weeks. Though, babies who are born at this stage are generally considered healthy, they are more prone to experience medical problems compared to those who are born at full term.
A baby’s brain and lungs both mature in later stages of pregnancy. When compared to a baby born at full-term, childbirth between 34-36 weeks gestation, can cause the following problems with an infant:
• Struggling with breathing and the need to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, separated from the mother
• Keeping his/her body temperature steady. Leading to the need for observation or intensive care.
• Suckling, feeding, staying nourished and gaining weight.
You risk delivering a premature baby if you choose induction, risking your baby’s health and medical condition.
In Short, These Are the Risks:
- Because your body isn’t ready for labor you may end up with a C-section.
- Induction increases your chances for an unplanned C-section, by up to 60%!
- Induction can cause stress for your baby
- If Pitocin, or Cytotec are used, contractions can be continuous, extreme, and steady, with little or no break between them. This can lower the oxygen supply to your baby, and his ability to recover and stabilize his heart rate between contractions, causing your caregiver to recommend a C-section.
Be Informed, Ask Questions, and Talk It Over
If you intend to ask your health care provider about induction, make sure to ask the following important questions.
• Which method will you use for induction?
• What are the benefits? What are the risks of this procedure?
• Can you guarantee me a better outcome than if I wait?
• Is there a medical reason you’re suggesting induction? Can you show me evidence?”
• What are the chances it will lead to a C-section?
• What are the benefits for me and my baby?
• What if we wait for labor to start on its own? Are there risks and benefits to waiting?
Your baby is counting on you. Make an informed decision.