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My first labor was difficult and now I'm afraid of going through that again. What should I do?
(Web Page; Fri Jun 03 16:18:00 CDT 2016)
Identifying what factors made your earlier labor so hard may help you avoid those problems this time. Here are some ideas:
If you feel that you didn't have supportive care from your care providers, you may wish to choose a different c...
What if I have unresolved emotional issues?
(Web Page; Fri Jun 03 16:25:00 CDT 2016)
If you had an extremely difficult or frightening birth experience before, or have been through other traumatic experiences like sexual abuse, thinking about labor may bring on very strong emotions. You might feel like you cannot deal wit...
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If I plan a VBAC, how can I avoid problems with the scar?
(Web Page; Fri Jun 03 16:26:00 CDT 2016)
Wait at least 9 months before trying to conceive again. Research suggests that you are less likely to have a problem with the scar rupturing in labor if there is at least 18 months between births.
Avoid induction of labor whe...
Description: If I plan a VBAC, how can I avoid problems with the scar?
Why might my care provider recommend induction?
(Web Page; Tue Jun 07 13:20:00 CDT 2016)
You care provider may recommend induction of labor for a few reasons:
Your provider expects pregnancy complications. In a small number of pregnancies, there could be problems that threaten your health, your baby’s health or both...
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Why are so many women experiencing induced labor?
(Web Page; Tue Jun 07 13:25:00 CDT 2016)
According to birth certificates, 23 percent of women who gave birth in 2013 had labor induction. This is our “official” national rate. However, studies to check the accuracy of this item have found that many actual labor indu...
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Are there differences in when care providers recommend induction of labor?
(Web Page; Tue Jun 07 13:27:00 CDT 2016)
Care providers may disagree about whether to induce labor in certain situations. These include:
Prelabor rupture of membranes (PROM). If your water breaks and your pregnancy has reached full term (at least 37 weeks), this is a usually...
Description: Are there differences in when care providers recommend induction of labor?
What are my options if I don't want to have my labor induced?
(Web Page; Tue Jun 07 13:28:00 CDT 2016)
Assuming you don’t have any medical reasons for inducing labor, you can wait for labor to begin on its own. In that case, going into labor on your own is generally safer than having labor induced or having a C-section.
If you deci...
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How can I lower my chance of being induced unnecessarily?
(Web Page; Tue Jun 07 13:30:00 CDT 2016)
Choose a care provider with a low induction rate. Styles of practice vary widely across physicians and midwives, so it’s important to discuss induction and your preferences, and understand their position, when you’re choosi...
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Does induction ever improve health outcomes for the mother, baby or both?
(Web Page; Tue Jun 07 13:35:00 CDT 2016)
A 2009 systematic review of the research on inductionMozurkewich, E., Chilimigras, J., Koepke, E., Keeton, K., & King, V.J. (2009). Indications for induction of labour: A best-evidence review. BJOG, 116(5), 626-636. found only two co...
Description: Does induction ever improve health outcomes for the mother, baby or both?
What factors affect whether I have an induction?
(Web Page; Tue Jun 07 13:26:00 CDT 2016)
Your health needs and those of your baby can certainly influence whether you have an induction of labor, but some other key factors include:
Your choice of care provider and birth setting.
How determined you are to avoid induction th...
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