“I’m 40 weeks pregnant and felt a bit upset to hear my midwife encourage me to induce. She explained that anything after 41 weeks should be induced since it can affect the placenta and the baby will have a much larger amount of meconium. Is that true? It doesn’t seem like it should be a big enough concern considering that a due date is an estimation. She as well specifically offered to artificially rupture the membranes of my baby’s sac. I was wondering if you can explain and describe all possibilities of this and what are the common side effects of an artificial rupture of membranes.” – Dede
- Review on the effects on the first stage of labor and risk for cesarean
- Inducing labor naturally
- Study on rates of pregnancy complications beyond 37 weeks
- Questions to ask your care provider about interventions:
- Why do I need this procedure?
- What are the benefits to my baby and me?
- Are there other options available? If there are, what are they?
- What are the risks of the procedure?
- What are the risks if the procedure isn’t done?
- Can I delay the procedure?