If you are facing a medically necessary induction you may feel very confused or overwhelmed by the options. There are many induction techniques that you may use at home or in the hospital. Knowing the benefits and risks of each will help you to be a more informed consumer of your care.
Please note that only some risks are listed and a thorough investigation into the full risks of each is warranted and a lengthy discussion with your provider is essential to make the best informed decisions.
Natural induction techniques are often things you can do at home to help nudge you into labor. Some are more well known and some may seem like old wives tales.
Old Wives Tales
There are many other methods that some claim to be effective in starting labor. In the end, if the baby isn’t ready to be born, these natural methods likely won’t work. Talk with your provider and find out if your should try these options first if you are facing a medical induction.
Medical Induction Techniques
Amniotomy or breaking of the waters
Many of these options can be used to push the body into labor by causing cervical changes, and contractions. They are often paired up together, and can cause extra pain. This can lead to the cascade of interventions.
Being educated helps you to make informed choices regarding which options you are comfortable with. This can help you and your partner navigate through labor. There are so many options and different interventions that can be offered to you during birth.
I encourage you and your partner to take an independent childbirth class and empower yourself with knowledge. If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any. Don’t let fear get in your way. You can have an amazing birth!
I encourage you to watch this Ted Talk to learn more about the benefits of allowing labor to start on its own and why it matters how we are born.
Paige Goldade - A Birth Boot Camp Instructor living and loving in South Dakota. She is a wife and mother of two rambunctious toddlers. She works as a childbirth educator and Board Certified Registered Nurse.