If there are medical concerns, then it might be necessary to start labor artificially. There are several medical ways to induce labor including with a drug called Cervidil, a prostaglandin that helps to soften, or ripen, the cervix. Here’s what you need to know about Cervidil, including possible side effects to mother and baby.
Some women prefer Cervidil over the other options because it is inserted vaginally and can be easily removed should the contractions get too strong too fast. Generally, it is a slow-acting method of induction. As with all methods of medical induction, continuous fetal monitoring is required, which means that mom loses some of her ability to move around, an important aspect of labor that helps the baby move into a good position for birth.
Many women don’t know that inducing labor before the body is ready for labor can increase the chances of having a cesarean birth. This study by the Intermountain Health Care Agency in Utah encourages women to find out their Bishop Score to determine their approximate risk of cesarean.
If you want to know more about all the methods of inducing labor, including some non-medical ways, click here.