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What will happen if I schedule an induction?

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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
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In brief: Medical induction

Much of the talk regarding induction has to do with elective or non-medical indications for induction.
However, there are a number of medical indications for induction where your doctor can discuss with you why the risks of continuing the pregnancy may be greater than inducing labor, even with an unfavorable cervix or before 39 weeks of pregnancy.

In brief: Medical induction

Much of the talk regarding induction has to do with elective or non-medical indications for induction.
However, there are a number of medical indications for induction where your doctor can discuss with you why the risks of continuing the pregnancy may be greater than inducing labor, even with an unfavorable cervix or before 39 weeks of pregnancy.
Dr. Kevin O'neil
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Dr. Kevin O'neil
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Have labor induced

If your cervix is favorable, using what is called a bishop's score, and you are at least 39 weeks pregnant, your chances of having a vaginal delivery and a healthy baby are about the same as if you went into labor on your own.
If you are electively induced with an unfavorable cervix, your risk of c-section goes up. Induction before 39 weeks increases baby's risks, like respiratory problems.

In brief: Have labor induced

If your cervix is favorable, using what is called a bishop's score, and you are at least 39 weeks pregnant, your chances of having a vaginal delivery and a healthy baby are about the same as if you went into labor on your own.
If you are electively induced with an unfavorable cervix, your risk of c-section goes up. Induction before 39 weeks increases baby's risks, like respiratory problems.
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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Labor induction

Typical induction protocols involve administering IV Pitocin (oxytocin) to initiate contractions and breaking the water, but there are multiple approaches.
A favorable cervix increases the chance of a vaginal birth, but any induction will increase the chance of a csection when compared to spontaneous labor. Elective inductions should not be done prior to 39 weeks gestation.

In brief: Labor induction

Typical induction protocols involve administering IV Pitocin (oxytocin) to initiate contractions and breaking the water, but there are multiple approaches.
A favorable cervix increases the chance of a vaginal birth, but any induction will increase the chance of a csection when compared to spontaneous labor. Elective inductions should not be done prior to 39 weeks gestation.
Dr. Craig Keathley
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