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Good care providers can and do recommend induction, but they are careful to weigh the risks and benefits of induction against the continuation of the pregnancy. If your care provider is recommending induction, it may be helpful to ask him or her to address the following questions:
-- What are the medical reasons for the induction? Why is this necessary?
-- What are the risks and benefits if I don't submit to induction?
-- What should I know about the use of IVs, monitors, the bathroom, the tub?
-- Will I have one-to-one nursing care, or will the nurse be out at the desk watching the monitor tracing?
-- Will there be restrictions on eating and drinking?
-- What's the most frequently used type of pain relief? What are your personal statistics for the use of epidural with spontaneous labor versus induced labor?
-- What are your statistics for the use of cesarean section with induction as opposed to spontaneous labor?
-- How do you view "natural" methods of induction?
-- What is the condition of my cervix (ripe versus unripe)?
-- What agent(s) will be used to ripen the cervix? To induce labor?
-- How long will you give me to get into active labor?
-- At what stage will my membranes be ruptured?
-- Is it more common for the baby to pass meconium with an induced labor? What steps will be taken if this happens?
-- Can I ask you to stop the induction if I feel it's not working or it's getting too fast and intense? (This test question will let you see how open your care provider is to your full involvement in the process.)
-- Can a midwife still deliver the baby? (Ask this question if you are seeing a midwife.)
-- What are the requirements for the use of internal versus external fetal monitoring?