Generally, if your baby is well; moving and growing, induction is not necessary.
The best quality evidence says that induction for postdates does NOT reduce the number of stillbirths or improve perinatal mortality rates.
Please explore some of these articles on the evidence for induction.
Medical Induction Methods
The Cook Cervical Ripening Balloon is engineered to naturally and gradually dilate the cervix and facilitate labor induction. Ripening and dilation is accomplished by the balloons’ gentle and constant pressure on the cervix from both the internal and external bulbs.
The first of two balloons is inflated on the uterine side of the cervix; the second is then inflated in the vaginal side of the cervix. When the cervix has dilated enough, the catheter will simply fall out.
- Safely ripens and dilates the cervix without drugs
- Eliminates the potential side effects of medications
- Silicone balloons adapt to the contour of the cervical canal
- Easily placed and quickly removed
Cervidil (Prosteglandin Induction)
This is a great article about Cervidil Induction. This is an option that some hospitals don’t regularly suggest, but may be available if you request it.
Misoprostyl "Miso" (Cytotec)
Pitocin "Pit" (Artificial Oxytocin)
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Breat Pump Induction
Study of Induction of labor with an electric breast pump.