Labor Induction Might be Recommended If:
You are past your due date and labor hasn’t started naturally
Premature rupture of membranes
Growth restriction of the baby
There’s not enough amniotic fluid surrounding the baby (oligohydramnios)
The placenta has partially or fully peeled off the wall of the uterus
You have a medical condition that might put you or your baby at risk, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, preeclampsia, etc.
Some women request labor induction for convenience or to avoid causing a sudden disruption at home or work. Elective induction can only be done on or after 39 weeks of gestation. Induction of labor can increase the risk for cord prolapse where the umbilical cord slips into the vagina before delivery. Your provider can discuss the risks and benefits of labor induction with you.