If your pregnancy has extended beyond your expected due date, your obstetrician or health care provider may have informed you that you may need to be chemically induced. However, statistics show that labor inducing medication is not the safest way to induce labor because it may have serious complications for both mother and baby. In fact, medical labor induction should be used only as a last resort.
Despite modern techniques, medical labor induction still introduces considerable risk compared with natural onset of labor. According to the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services first-time mothers have more than twice the likelihood of Cesarean section with induction compared with labor that starts naturally. The risk is not from inducing labor but from the procedure.
Even when using cervical ripening chemicals, sometimes the cervix is just not ready. Using medications to induce labor increases the occurrence to Cesarean sections five times. Also, using medications to induce labor requires constant monitoring. The mother may need to be hooked up to fetal monitors continuously as well as an IV drip, confining the mother to bed and causing further distress.
Induced labors are usually more painful, which can increase the need for epidural analgesia. Epidurals introduce a higher likelihood of adverse effects on the labor, the baby, and the mother. In general studies have shown that inducing labor with chemicals increases remarkably the chance of having a vacuum birth or a Cesarean section.
Cesarean delivery is major surgery, and thus there is a risk of infection of the uterus and nearby organs, respiratory complications and unexpected reactions to anesthesia and other medications during the surgery, such as sudden drop in blood pressure. Babies born by Cesarean section are more likely to develop breathing problems and get low Apgar scores. The low score can be an effect of the anesthesia, or the baby may have been in distress to begin with. Another downside is that the baby does not receive the same stimulation as a vaginal birth during delivery.
Vacuum births commonly cause more damage and tears for the mother. When a vacuum is used as an aid during labor, babies may suffer from injuries including a dislocated shoulder. When inducing labor is necessary, the smarter decision is to consider alternative methods before trying using chemicals.
One of the most studied natural labor induction methods is acupressure. The holistic system of acupressure, used to induce labor, works by building on what the body does naturally. In this way, the use of acupressure can be remarkably beneficial during childbirth. Labor acupressure can be very helpful in descending your baby, dilating your cervix, and starting and making the labor contractions more frequent and successful.
Acupressure for labor has been proven to shorten the delivery time by helping your body to function better and to use its remarkable underlying capabilities. The chances of having a long labor are decreased becauseof this, therefore reducing any distress or suffering to the child.