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Risks of Inducing Labor

Expectant mothers dream of the day they finally get to meet their new baby. Of course, most mothers envision a delivery day without incident and dream of holding a healthy newborn in their arms. Most also wish for as natural of a birth as feasibly possible. Unfortunately, sometimes labor does not proceed as planned. Doctors may recommend inducing labor if the mother or baby’s health is at risk.

The Risks

Inducing labor may be necessary in some instances, but it does carry some of its own risks. According to The Mayo Clinic, these include the following:

  • Depending on the time at which the birth is induced, it may trigger a premature birth. Premature babies are at a higher risk of developing a myriad of health concerns, including jaundice and pulmonary distress.
  • Inductions carry a higher risk of infection for both the mother and the baby.
  • During inductions, the umbilical cord is more likely to enter the vagina early, which can cut off the blood supply (and thus the oxygen supply) to the baby.
  • The same drugs used to induce labor also can cause the baby’s heart rate to drop. This combined with the risk of difficulty breathing can lead to a baby not getting enough oxygen.
  • Labor induction tries to force the mother’s body into giving birth when it may not yet be ready. This results in a higher percentage of births by C-section, which carries more risks for both baby and mother.

While it is sometimes necessary to induce, healthcare workers should be aware of and inform parents about these risks.

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Many times inducing labor results in a healthy baby and mother. However, if you or your child was injured during a labor induction that you believe should not have been performed, contact the Stevens Point medical malpractice lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 today to speak with a caring and qualified lawyer.