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What does it mean to "induce" labor?

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Dr. Jose Bolanos
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Kickstart

Your ob/gyn may recommend an "induction" of labor for reasons related to your or your baby's health.
There are numerous reasons for needing to have this option recommended. You are admitted to the hospital, fetal monitoring, IV started and a dilute solution of Pitocin (oxytocin) is given to start labor contractions slowly. Indications such as post dates, toxemia, iugr, fetal distress, and more `.

In brief: Kickstart

Your ob/gyn may recommend an "induction" of labor for reasons related to your or your baby's health.
There are numerous reasons for needing to have this option recommended. You are admitted to the hospital, fetal monitoring, IV started and a dilute solution of Pitocin (oxytocin) is given to start labor contractions slowly. Indications such as post dates, toxemia, iugr, fetal distress, and more `.
Dr. Jose Bolanos
Dr. Jose Bolanos
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Jump start labor

An induction of labor is a way of starting labor artificially.
There are a variety of medications which can be used to do this. Sometimes being induced is medically necessary due to certain complications like high blood pressure and diabetes. Some patients choose to get induced for no medical reason-- an elective induction. Elective inductions should not be done before 39 weeks.

In brief: Jump start labor

An induction of labor is a way of starting labor artificially.
There are a variety of medications which can be used to do this. Sometimes being induced is medically necessary due to certain complications like high blood pressure and diabetes. Some patients choose to get induced for no medical reason-- an elective induction. Elective inductions should not be done before 39 weeks.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Cause labor to start

Medications are administered to the mother orally, intravenously, or vaginally that cause hormone changes in the uterus.
These medications enable to the uterus to start contracting causing the cervix to open and labor to start.

In brief: Cause labor to start

Medications are administered to the mother orally, intravenously, or vaginally that cause hormone changes in the uterus.
These medications enable to the uterus to start contracting causing the cervix to open and labor to start.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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