Nearly 1/3 of births in the United States end up being induced. Although pregnant mothers are not always eager to pursue the process of induction, technologically-oriented caregivers often compel them to allow it. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/05/31/us-labor-inductions-idUSTRE64U32620100531)
Once it a great while, induction is medically necessary. Most of the time, it is not.
Induction means the baby is denied the opportunity to initiate labor. Baby is forced out of the womb before it is ready to be born, often with the help of toxic pharmaceutical drugs (i.e., chemicals) which are harmful to the baby and which undermine human love.
Some studies indicate that women who succumb to induction triple their chances of having a c-section (http://wellroundedmama.blogspot.com/2011/07/induction-triples-risk-for-cesareans-in.html), which can cause major problems for baby, including breathing issues, immune system deficiency, and difficulty bonding and breastfeeding (http://birthofanewearth.blogspot.com/2011/10/induction-of-birth-poses-serious-risks.html). Many babies who are induced end up spending time in the neonatal intensive care unit where they are subjected to painful, repetitive, torturous procedures -- many of which can complicate the baby's ability to trust adults and properly bond with its mother.
Induction steals the victory of birth for both mother and child and can cause life-long negative consequences for the baby, including an imprint which says: "I have no control over my destiny -- something outside of me is in charge of my life."
Induction requires the use of drugs like pitocin - a chemically-laden substitute for natural oxytocin. When a birthing mother is injected with pitocin, this will undermine her ability to produce natural oxytocin. Since oxytocin is the hormone of human love and bonding, any synthetic substitute will undermine its production will also undermine the ability of mom and baby to properly love and bond with each other.
When the neurobiology of love does not activate at birth, then the neurobiology of grief will activate instead, leading to postpartum depression.
Pregnant women are advised to avoid induction whenever possible.
"Pregnant women who are induced unnecessarily are more likely to need a caesarean section than those who wait for childbirth to proceed naturally, a study has found.
Researchers at the University of Adelaide analysed data on more than 28,000 women, some of whom went into labour naturally while others were induced.
They found that induction of labour in the absence of a maternal or foetal problem was associated with a 67 per cent increased risk of caesarean section, compared with natural onset of labour.
In addition, the practice was associated with a 64 per cent increased risk of the infant requiring intensive care.
Publishing their findings in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, the study authors concluded that inducing labour unnecessarily may increase the risk of caesarean section and other complications.
Lead researcher Rosalie Grivell said: 'Our research relates to the optimal timing and management of labour and birth at term for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy.
'We hope our findings will increase awareness of potential complications related to the common use of induction of labour in situations where there is no serious maternal or foetal problem.'
Women may be offered an induction if their pregnancy has lasted longer than 42 weeks, as the baby's health may be at risk if the pregnancy continues."
Unnecessary induction 'increases risk of caesarean section'