Why early induction is a last resort

Approximately 20 percent of pregnancies come to a close through induction. There are a lot of reasons labor might be induced, and it turns out there are a lot of good reasons to avoid induction before 39 weeks.

Dr. Christopher Mernitz, an obstetrician-gynecologist at St.Vincent Women’s Hospital, talked with Shari Rudavsky at The Indianapolis Star about why inductions should wait.

“Most studies would say it’s better to let natural labor occur,” Dr. Mernitz said. “If it’s failed induction, the costs go up. Induced labor is longer.

“I always tell people we don’t do as well as Mother Nature does.”

Read the article here.

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