Some doctors pushing for no elective labor inductions

The Associates in Women’s Health physician group located inside Woman’s Hospital, is taking the stance that nature knows best.  The group announced this week that its OB-GYNs will not perform scheduled, non-medical labor inductions for women between 39 and 41 weeks.

“Louisiana and especially South Louisiana have a much higher cesarean rate than many other parts of the country. That was one instigation for us to kind of take a step back and ask what is going on here,” said Dr. Elizabeth Buchert.

To induce pregnancy, the mother-to-be is given medicine to throw her body into labor instead of letting the process happen naturally.

Doctors say there are legitimate medical reasons to induce labor early, such as high blood pressure.  However, many doctors believe there are too many non-medical inductions which can lead to complications such as longer recovery time or breathing problems for the baby.

“Some studies show that the cesarean rate approaches 50 percent when your body isn’t ready,” said Buchert.