What is the Evidence for Induction or C-section for a Big Baby?

In summary, evidence does not support elective C-sections for all suspected big babies, especially among non-diabetic women. There have been no randomized, controlled trials testing this intervention. It is likely that for most non-diabetic women, the potential harms of an elective C-section for a big baby outweigh the potential benefits.

In fact, non-diabetic women may be given inaccurate information if their care providers present elective C-section as a completely “safe” or “safer” option than vaginal birth for a suspected big baby, when in fact Cesarean surgery carries much potential harm for the mom, infant, and children born in future pregnancies.