Ep 70: Labor Induction: What to Know and What Questions to Ask – All About Pregnancy and Birth Podcast
by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins

Episode #70: Labor Induction: What to Know and What Questions to Ask

I have received so many requests for an episode about labor induction, so I am excited to be sharing this information with you today! I think it is incredibly important for you to be informed about what induction is and what the process is like, whether you are planning an elective induction or are being induced for a medical reason.

In this episode I'm talking about the common medical and non-medical reasons for inducing labor and the step-by-step process of being induced. I also cover what you can expect from different methods and medications that may be used in the induction and share some key questions you can ask (and your provider should be able to answer) if they are suggesting an induction for you.

I will also tell you a bit about the research on inductions and cesareans (C-sections) and why most babies will do great in the outside world once they've hit the 39 week mark. 

In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:

  • What labor induction is and the two main reasons for being induced
  • Common medical and non-medical reasons for having labor induced
  • What the ARRIVE study is and why you should not be induced for any non-medical reasons before 39 weeks of pregnancy
  • Why it is perfectly within your rights to choose an elective induction if you've passed 39 weeks of pregnancy
  • How labor can be induced and what to know about the different methods
  • What a failed induction looks like and why you shouldn't feel pressured to go into labor within a certain amount of time
  • What to know about pitocin, when it is used and how much should be used
  • Key questions to ask if your medical provider suggests a labor induction

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Pregnancy, hospital birth, labor induction, ARRIVE study, medical induction, non-medical induction, pitocin

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