The decision to induce labor is not something that should be accepted without careful consideration. Just about every medical intervention carries risks, and you have to decide for yourself (with the guidance of your doctor or midwife) if the risks outweigh the benefits.... but the final decision rests with the patient, not the caregiver. [See the section below on informed consent.]
Labor induction carries risks to both the mother and baby; however, there are situations where inductions are medically indicated for the safety of the mom and or the baby.
Some of medical reasons for induction are:
The reasons for induction must be carefully weighed against the risks of allowing labor and deliver progress naturally, because induction can cause death or serious injury to the mother and/or baby.
Some of the known complications of induction are:
There are some medical situations where inductions should not be done, or should be done only after careful consideration and with excellent monitoring:
Elective induction is being done by more mothers and obstetricians, seemingly oblivious that the convenience of having a timed delivery carries some significant risks. While there are medical situations in which induction is appropriate, this decision should always be discussed and the benefit/risk ratio weighed. The final decision to induce or not to induce belongs to the mother. Using Cytotec as the “ripening” or induction agent may heighten the risks for problems, but even Pitocin and the more tried and true induction agents carry significant risks.
You may have a lawsuit, if your induction resulted in an injury to either the mother or the baby. Problems we see frequently when inductions go wrong: