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If your labor doesn't start on its own, your doctor may use techniques or medicines to bring on contractions and begin labor so you can deliver your baby vaginally. This is called "labor induction."
Why would my labor be induced?
The most common reason for labor induction is your pregnancy has gone one to two weeks or more past your baby's due date. Your baby may get too big if you carry him or her this far past your due date or may not be able to get enough food from inside your body. Your doctor might also recommend labor induction if:
- Your water breaks but you aren't having any contractions.
- You have high blood pressure.
- You have an infection in your uterus.
- You have diabetes.
- There isn't enough amniotic fluid around the baby.
Is there a risk to the baby?
If you and your baby are healthy and labor does not start on its own, it is best to stay pregnant until at least 39 weeks. To support the best care for you and your baby, when patients or providers wish to schedule a delivery (cesarean section or induction) that does not have a medical reason, Providence wants to ensure that this is done when you are at least 39 weeks.