What is induction of labor?

Pitocin (oxytocin) use. Induction involves the use of a drug (pitocin) to stimulate contractions when pregnancies exceed 42 documented weeks or electively at the time of fetal maturity for other reasons, or earlier in the pregnancy such as a diabetic mother with a suspected "large baby".
Stimulating uterus. Several methods can be used to stimulate the uterus and kick-start labor when it is no longer safe for mother or baby to allow the pregnancy to continue.