Definition By Mayo Clinic staff
Labor induction — also known as inducing labor — is a procedure used to stimulate uterine contractions during pregnancy before labor begins spontaneously. A health care provider may recommend labor induction for various reasons, primarily when there’s concern for a mother’s health or a baby’s health.
Labor induction carries various risks, including infection and the possible need for a C-section. Sometimes the benefits of labor induction outweigh the risks, however.
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July 22, 2009
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Not my ideal plan for having a baby, but due to pregnancy induced hypertension, babe No. 2’s induction has been scheduled for tomorrow night! Wish me luck…I’m admittedly a bit nervous about an induction.