At a certain point late in a pregnancy, the doctor may speak with the family about inducing labor. This is a process in which medication is used to manually contract the uterus to jump start the process of delivering the baby.
While this can be helpful in some situations, there are other potential problems that may arise. It’s important to understand why labor is induced and what problems can exist.
Why May a Doctor Decide to Induce Labor?
There are several reasons labor may be induced and they all revolve around potential problems experienced during the pregnancy. These can include if the pregnancy has gone longer than two weeks past the due date or if the mother has gestational diabetes.
Some of the other reasons can include uterine infection, restricted baby growth, lack of amniotic fluids, and placental abruption. These can all be reasons a doctor may call for labor induction to help start the process of delivering the baby.
What Problems Can Arise from Induced Labor?
Induced labor—while helpful in many situations—can also create other problems. It’s important for you to understand the potential problems that induced labor can cause, especially if your doctor brings up the possibility with you for your child.
Here are some of the problems that can arise:
- The labor induction may fail and the doctor may still need to perform of a C-section to prevent a prolonged labor.
- The medication used to start the labor process can create reduced oxygen supply and an abnormal heartrate.
- The rupture caused by the induction can result in an infection if it remains for a long time.
If your baby or you have suffered harm as a result of labor induction, you may have the right to take legal action against the negligent medical professional. Our Baltimore birth injury attorneys are here to help safeguard your best interests and guide you through the process.
Trust our team at Brown & Barron to be the advocates and powerful voice you need to hold the negligent party accountable. We’ll be by your side every step of the way so you know what to expect next.