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Induction: An Annotated Bibliography

J. Christopher Glantz MD MPH (2003) Labor Induction Rate Variation in Upstate New York: What Is the Difference? Birth 30 (3), 168–174. Research Conclusions: Labor induction rates are highly variable among and within hospitals. Delivery volume, population risk status, and differences in cesarean section rates did not explain this variation. Irion O, Boulvain M. Induction of …

Do you know the reasons for an induction?

The Listening to Mothers II survey revealed an interesting statistic. Half of the women in their survey had attempted to induce labor. 22% tried to start labor on their own at home and 41% had used medical induction methods. 39% of the respondents were actually successful at causing labor to start. Even more interesting is …

Can I induce labor at home?

In the Listening to Mother’s II survey 50% of the participants attempted to start labor artificially. 22% of the participants tried to start labor on their own. The most common reason was that the mother wanted to get labor over with. The second most common reason was to avoid a medical induction. Only 4% of …

Herbs for Labor: Cohosh

What it is: Blue and black cohosh are roots from two separate plants. Blue cohosh, Caluphyllum thalictroides, is also known as squaw root, papoose root, blue ginseng or yellow ginseng. Black cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa, is also known as baneberry, black snakeroot, bugbane, rattleroot, rattletop, squawroot and wanzenkraut. These medicinal herbs are used for labor induction. …

Castor Oil for Labor

What it is: In an attempt to start labor, some women will drink a mixture of castor oil and juice. The various recipes for this mixture are generally called a “midwife cocktail,” or a “castor oil induction.” How it works: Castor oil stimulates the bowels in the same way an enema would. For some unexplained …

What is synthetic oxytocin?

Oxytocin is one of the hormones that plays a part in the labor process. Injecting your body with synthetic oxytocin is expected to cause uterine contractions. It may be used to start labor, speed up a slow labor, or to cause the uterus to clamp down and stop bleeding after your baby and placenta are …

Am I ready to be induced?

If you decide it is best for your baby to be born right away, your chances of a successful induction will be dependent on your body’s readiness for labor. A woman with a “ripe” cervix is more likely to be successful at an induction. The measurement of readiness is called the Bishop’s Score, and it …

AWHONNs Go the Full 40 Campaign

I’ve seen bits and pieces of the Full 40 Campaign, but took the time to dig out all the materials after attending the AWHONN Conference last week. As usual, there are some things I like, and some I wonder about. What do I like? AWHONN has produced some easy to share materials. You can find …