Does induction really reduce the likelihood of caesarean section?
It’s for this very reason that I created the Natural Labour Workshop. Rather than enduring a 2-5 day wait / looong labour for your baby where the likelihood of more interference is needed, I know what I’d rather do/have …wait longer than 40 weeks (how accurate can they be really?) lounge around on my ball doing OFP, have a relaxing but effective foot reflexology treatment, practise some positions and OFP and use other complementary information to my advantage, all the while getting my body and my baby closer to the Birth Day naturally and gently :0) Read more about the labour workshop by clicking here
This article is from a wonderful lady called Sara Wickham whom I respect immensely. A factual, good read which is research based. Love it. http://www.sarawickham.com/articles-2/does-induction-really-reduce-the-likelihood-of-caesarean-section/
Dr Sara Wickham www.sarawickham.com PhD, RM, MA, PGCert, BA(Hons) is a multi-passionate midwife, educator, writer and researcher who works independently, dividing her working time between speaking, writing, blogging, facilitating workshops, creating resources for midwives, birth workers and women and undertaking a wide variety of consultancy projects and advisory activities.
Two recent systematic reviews have arrived at the same, rather surprising and somewhat counterintuitive result. That is, contrary to the belief and experience of many people who work on labour wards every day, induction of labour doesn’t increase the chance of caesarean section at all. In fact, the reviewers argue, their results demonstrate that induction of labour reduces the likelihood of caesarean section.
Thanks to The Practising Midwife, in which it was originally published, I’ve just uploaded my September 2014 ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ article which considers whether the findings of two recent systematic reviews showing that induction of labour reduces the likelihood of caesarean section, stand up under scrutiny.