Labor Induction


Sometimes the uterus needs to be triggered to start the process of childbirth. This may be done for a variety of reasons. Most often, it's done to avoid danger to you or your baby's health. Labor induction does have risks. But it's recommended when the benefits outweigh the risks.

How it's done

How is induction done? Well, there are a few methods. Your cervix can be stimulated with a medicated gel. It can be stimulated with a small inflatable balloon put into your vagina. It's filled with warm saline, and it rests against your cervix. You may be given a hormone medication through your bloodstream. Or, your amniotic sac can be punctured with a small, plastic hook. One or more of these methods may be used for you.


After induction, how long does it take to go into labor? That depends on your body and how it responds. If you need just a little help to start the process, you may go into labor very quickly. Or, it may be days before your labor begins.


For most women, labor induction leads to a vaginal birth. But induction doesn't always work. If it doesn't you may need a C-section. For more information about labor induction, talk to your healthcare provider.