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How are medications used to induce labor?

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The medicine Pitocin (oxytocin) can start contractions. You get this at the hospital through an IV tube in your arm. Your doctor or midwife starts with a small dose and gradually increases it until your contractions are strong and frequent enough for your baby to be born. Some women go into labor and deliver within a few hours after induction. Others take one or two days to start labor.

From: Inducing Labor WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Thinking About Inducing Your Labor: A Guide for Pregnant Women" and “Elective Induction of Labor: Safety and Harms."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Methods for Cervical Ripening and Induction of Labor."

American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists: "Labor Induction;" "FAQ Labor Induction;" and "ACOG Practice Bulletin Clinical Management Guidelines for OB-GYN."

Giving Birth with Confidence: "Considering Induction? Learn Your Bishop's Score."

Kavanagh, J. April 23, 2001. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

Kelly, A. 2001. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

Kids Health: "Inducing Labor."

March of Dimes: "Elimination of Non-Medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age."

National Center for Health Statistics: "New Birth Report Shows More Moms Get Prenatal Care."

National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health: "Monitoring and pain relief for induction of labour."

Office on Women’s Health: “Pregnancy Complications," “Labor and Birth.”

Schaffir, J. , June 2006. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 16, 2017

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: “Thinking About Inducing Your Labor: A Guide for Pregnant Women" and “Elective Induction of Labor: Safety and Harms."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Methods for Cervical Ripening and Induction of Labor."

American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists: "Labor Induction;" "FAQ Labor Induction;" and "ACOG Practice Bulletin Clinical Management Guidelines for OB-GYN."

Giving Birth with Confidence: "Considering Induction? Learn Your Bishop's Score."

Kavanagh, J. April 23, 2001. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

Kelly, A. 2001. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews,

Kids Health: "Inducing Labor."

March of Dimes: "Elimination of Non-Medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age."

National Center for Health Statistics: "New Birth Report Shows More Moms Get Prenatal Care."

National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health: "Monitoring and pain relief for induction of labour."

Office on Women’s Health: “Pregnancy Complications," “Labor and Birth.”

Schaffir, J. , June 2006. Obstetrics & Gynecology

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 16, 2017

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