In case you missed the first post in this special holiday series, we are talking about induction and the holidays. Women may feel the pressure to schedule an induction if their due date falls on or near a major holiday. Pressure can come from all sides — care givers, family, and even from within. If you’re feeling the pressure to schedule an induction that is not medically necessary, we urge you to do your homework and ask questions.
Today, we’re talking about where to find the best, evidence-based resources on induction.
Resources for Information on Labor Induction
Childbirth Connection – Childbirth Connection is a not-for-profit resource center dedicated to helping women and health care professionals make informed maternity care decisions. Among the many topics on their site, they have an in-depth section called “Induction of Labor.” Questions addressed include medically necessary reasons for induction, tips for avoiding induction, and the safest point in pregnancy for babies to be born.
March of Dimes – March of Dimes is a not-for-profit group that helps moms have full-term pregnancies and researches the problems that threaten the health of babies. March of Dimes has a resource on their site that explains why at least 39 weeks is best for your baby, including detailed information on the important development that babies undergo in the final weeks and days before they are born.
ACOG – The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the organization responsible for developing guidelines by which most OB/Gyn offices are expected to follow. Their site offers a basic FAQ section on labor induction that, most notably, states, “Unless a problem occurs, labor induction is not done before 39 weeks of pregnancy.”
If you’re looking for more information on induction and would like to talk to an expert, Lamaze International is hosting a live web seminar on December 12 called, “Is Labor Induction Right for You?“ During this one-hour interactive session, you will:
1. Receive unbiased, research-based information to help you in your decision-making process regarding labor and elective induction.
2. Interact with a professional Lamaze educator and other expectant parents.
3. Learn about indications for induction and what to expect during labor induction.
4. Discuss “talking points” to aid communication with your care provider on induction of labor.
Whether you’re facing induction or considering it, we urge you to learn more to make the best decision for you and your baby.