Three Questions to Ask Before Saying Yes to Induction

“So how would you like to have your baby today?” That’s the temptation many caregivers dangle in front of their 38-week plus pregnant moms, an enticing offer when mom is feeling huge, isn’t sleeping well, and has been saying for weeks that she “wants this baby out!” But an elective labor induction, one that is […]

The Six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices

No one can predict the kind of birth experience a woman will have, but there are many things women can do in pregnancy and labor to help ensure that birth is as safe as possible and that mom and baby are healthy. Using recommendations from the World Health Organization, Lamaze International developed the “Six Lamaze […]

Medical Reasons to Induce Labor

“I want this baby out of me!” It’s a common cry we hear from women in their later stages of pregnancy. No wonder: they feel big and heavy, they’re peeing three times an hour, having trouble sleeping, and dealing with indigestion after every meal. So when her caregiver asks, “Would you like to have your […]

Inducing Labor

Chances are pretty good that most of us know a mom who was induced to get her labor started.  That’s because every year, almost one quarter of all pregnant women in the United States have their labors artificially induced, which means they are given drugs to help the uterus to contract and/or for the cervix to ripen. […]

White Coat Syndrome

I remember learning about “white coat syndrome” in my childbirth education training, a situation where a pregnant mom will go along with what her physician says simply because he or she is the physician, even if the suggested interventions are counter to the woman’s birth preferences. Here’s an example, an actual story of a young woman […]

Autism/Induction Link?

One in 88 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  A new study has found a possible link between Autism Spectrum Disorder and drugs that are commonly used to induce labor. In the latest issue of JAMA Pediatrics, researchers report their analysis of more than 600,000 labors and births, some naturally-occuring, others induced, […]

Three Questions to Ask Before Being Induced

“So how would you like to have your baby today?” That’s the temptation many caregivers dangle in front of their 38-week plus pregnant moms, an enticing offer when mom is feeling huge, isn’t sleeping well, and has been saying for weeks that she “wants this baby out!” But an elective labor induction, one that is […]