Induction and why its best to opt for baby led labour

Induction and why its best to opt for baby led labour

You’re almost ready to pop and you are so over being pregnant.  You’re uncomfortable, tired, waddling and you just want your body back to yourself.  Why wouldn’t you take up an offer of induction?

Well, assuming baby is doing well in there; growing, kicking, pummeling your bladder… And assuming you, apart from being fed up, are feeling good, and of course that there are no medical reasons to be induced, induction is not the way to go.

Induction is an external manipulation of your labour, either mechanically (a sweep or breaking the waters) or chemically (using a prostaglandin gel or Syntocinon drip) .  It’s interfering with the natural process and therefore, and it makes labour and birth more difficult.

In her very informative blog, Dr Rachel Reed describes Induction :

Induced labour is usually more painful than a physiological labour. Syntocinon (aka pitocin) produces strong contractions often without the gentle build up and endorphin release of natural contractions. In addition unlike natural oxytocin, syntocinon does not cross the blood-brain barrier to create the spaced-out, relaxed feelings that help women to cope with pain (see previous post). Not surprisingly, first time mothers are more than 3x more likely to opt for an epidural (Selo-Ojeme et al. 2011) during an induction.

Our clients have told us they have been recommended induction because their baby ‘appears’ big on a scan, they are ‘post dates’ (the WHO describes ‘prolonged labour’ as post 42 weeks), they are an older mum to be, they are pregnant as a result of IVF, its Christmas and lots of other reasons.

When deciding if you should consent to induction use your BRAINS:

B – what are the Benefits?

R – what are the Risks?

A – what are the alternatives?

I – what do your instincts tell you?

N – what happens if we do nothing?

S – Smile!

You could also come to our Baby Led Labour workshop which is free of charge and will help you learn to navigate unnecessary interventions and support spontaneous labour!


About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 60 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs and oversees pregnancy yoga and mum & baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Yin & Tonic @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy, and craniosacral therapy.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.