Inducing Labor and the Health of Mother and Unborn Child


Most Houston-area mothers vividly remember the births of their children,
especially if they had a difficult labor. A troublesome or prolonged labor,
in addition to being memorable as well as uncomfortable, can also be reason
for a doctor to induce labor. Speeding up the natural process of labor,
though, can carry risks and is typically only done for legitimate medical reasons.

A negligent physician or careless delivery room staff could inadvertently
cause pregnancy-related injuries if inducing labor is not done very carefully.
One of the risks of inducing labor is causing the baby to be born too
early; a baby’s arrival before 39 weeks often means the newborn is
more likely to have health issues and experience hospital stays. For women
who have had C-sections in the past, some hormones used to induce labor
can actually cause
uterine rupture. Sometimes, the amniotic sac is broken in an attempt to induce labor,
but if the baby hasn’t arrived soon after, this can raise the risk of

So, when do responsible doctors induce labor? A physician might induce
labor if an expecting mother is a week or two past her due date. Some
may not realize that, just like with premature birth, birth that occurs
too late can also raise the risk for complications. Another medical reason
to induce labor is to avoid infection if a woman’s water breaks but
her labor doesn’t begin. Finally, if either mother or baby have a
particular health problem such as high blood pressure or an abnormal heart
rate, an OB/GYN may induce labor.

Pregnancy is difficult enough without having to worry about delivery room
negligence. Still, this type of thing does unfortunately occur from time
to time. Women who have had labor induced due to rash decision-making
by a negligent OB/GYN may wish to talk to a Houston pregnancy-related
injury attorney. A woman or baby can suffer costly and damaging health
problems due to inducing labor in an unsafe manner or without a valid
medical reason.

Source: WebMD, “Inducing labor,” accessed Sept. 28, 2015

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