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"Inducing" labor means starting labor by stimulating the uterus to begin
contractions. Under certain circumstances, for your health and the health of your baby, your health care provider may recommend inducing labor.
Good reasons to begin labor by induction or to speed up a slow labor by using induction methods may include:
Labor is not induced for your convenience ("We'd like to have our baby before the holidays") or for the convenience of your health care provider. Generally, it is best to let your labor begin naturally (on its own). Having labor induced can limit your ability to get up and move around during labor because of the need to monitor your baby.
There are several ways to induce labor, including cervical ripening, artificial rupture of the membranes or use of the medicine Pitocin®. Your health care provider will decide which one is best for you and your baby.
Before your baby can be born, your cervix needs to soften so that it will open and let your baby pass through. This process is called "ripening." Cervical ripening may shorten the time it takes to induce your labor, or may actually cause labor to begin. It may be done by:
During cervical ripening, you must lie in bed for a time while your baby is monitored. Depending on which medicine is used and/or on how your cervix responds, you may or may not be sent home.
Sometimes, breaking the bag of waters, or amniotic sac, will begin or speed up labor. This is called an amniotomy.
If contractions do not begin within a length of time determined by your health care provider, you will be given a medicine called Pitocin® (oxytocin).
oxytocin) is a medicine that stimulates uterine contractions. It may be used to induce labor, improve its progress, or minimize bleeding after birth. It is given through an IV infusion.
For labor induction, a nurse will increase your Pitocin® rate about every 15 to 30 minutes until you are in active labor. You will probably have to stay in or near your bed or chair because you and your baby will need to be monitored often.
Your IV will stay in during labor and is usually removed at the end of your recovery period, an hour or two after your baby's birth.
If Pitocin® is used in your labor, you may notice that contractions become intense rather quickly.
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