What is labor induction?
Labour induction in Sydney is when your practitioner or midwife gives you some medicine or uses any other method to artificially stimulate labor before it starts naturally on its own. It may be pharmaceutical or non-pharmaceutical and it may be induced before or after the due date of the mother. It is usually done when it becomes risky for the baby to stay in the uterus of the mother than to be born due to many reasons, either due to busy schedules of the mother or for any other medical reason.
Why is it done?
Labor induction may be done for many medical reasons related to the mother, or any other reason to ensure baby’s safety; some of these are as follows:
- If the mother has gestational diabetes, labor induction is recommended for them to prevent stillbirth. Also, if the mother is experiencing blood pressure she may be induced labor by her practitioner at 37 weeks to save the baby from any jeopardy.
- If there is an infection in the uterus or even in the amniotic sac, then labor induction is done.
- You are over your due date and tests also show that your baby is mature enough, then your doctor may go for inducing the labor artificially.
- If your water broke, but still there are no labor pains or if your membranes ruptured, then your doctor may give you medicine or use another method to induce contractions.
- There may be several other reasons as well as if the baby is not showing proper growth, you formerly had a stillbirth or if your placenta is separating from your uterus, then you may have to go for this process.
How is it done?
There are a number of ways by which labor can be induced, depending upon which suits the situation best. A few areas are given:
- Your practitioner may give you medicines like Pitocin or Syntocinon that contains artificial oxytocin to induce contractions as in normal condition, oxytocin is produced naturally by the body.
- Or you may be given such medicines containing prostaglandin which are either inserted in the vagina or given orally, helping to soften the cervix. These are given in the evening and the uterus usually goes into labor by morning. However, if you have had uterine surgery or caesarian delivery before, then this method is avoided to prevent any risk of rupture of the uterus.
- A catheter with an inflatable balloon may also be used to ripen or widen the cervix.
- Your practitioner may use the technique amniotomy, in which a sterile small plastic hook is used to break the water bag (amniotic sac) containing the baby which may cause a slight discomfort, however, neither you nor the baby will feel the tear.