Your actions can impact your baby's growth at this stage
If you must be Induced..
Here are the options used if induction becomes necessary:
- Amniotomy is the process where your doctor will break the sac. This sac won't break until you are well into labor. With induction an instrument will go up into your vagina and through the cervix to make a hole in the membrane. Usually painless but a little uncomfortable, the rupture allows the water to flow out and labor pains to begin.
- Stripping the membranes is a procedure usually done in the doctor's office where your doctor will insert a finger into the cervix and try to separate the membrane from where it is attached to the wall of the uterus. The discomfort comes more from the vaginal exam than anything else.
- Synthetic hormones also trigger labor. The mother will be given oxytocin or pitocin via an IV line. Once these agents are in your bloodstream your uterus swings into action. These hormones work by mimicking normal labor.