Podcast: Electively Inducing Labor
Rand: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Rand
Gardner with Healthcare 411: Information for better health. Many pregnant women
are choosing to induce labor. In fact, the number of pregnancies that involve
medicine or other methods to start childbirth have more than doubled in the last
decade. Margaret Coopey from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Coopey: Many women have reasons for choosing to induce the birth of their
babies, such as physical discomfort or other concerns. To help women understand
the potential pros and cons of choosing induced labor, the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality has produced a guide that explains elective induction and
offers a list of questions to ask a doctor or midwife. This information will
help women work with their clinicians to make a decision about which option is
right for them.
Rand: The guide, called "Thinking About Inducing Your Labor," is
effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov. Healthcare 411 is a production of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.