Types of Labour Induction

Dr. Heather Jenkins, family physician, discusses the types of labour induction.

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Dr. Heather Jenkins, family physician, discusses the types of labour induction.
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Featuring Dr. Heather Jenkins, MD, CCFP
Video Title: Types of Labour Induction
Duration: 2 minutes, 1 second

Induction of labour usually happens in a hospital, and there's a couple of considerations that are involved.

And some of it has to do with how far in your pregnancy are you. For example, if you're being induced because you're early in your pregnancy and you're developing a medical complication of pregnancy, that's going to take a while.

And typically there's a medication that's used that's a hormonal gel that's inserted by a physician inside your vagina and that helps your cervix prepare that process of getting ready for birth.

And generally it means your cervix is going to get softer, start opening up and start shortening in its length, and all these things are almost akin to unlocking the door before the door can actually open up, and it's really important that that process happens.

The second consideration that can often happen is that you actually need to have contractions obviously, and that typically involves the use of a second medication of oxytocin. This medication is a hormone, and it's actually produced in your body naturally anyways, it's made in the posterior pituitary, in the back part of the brain, and it curculates through your blood system in the last part of your pregnancy anyways.

In using oxytocin, you will require an IV and essentially an artificial synthetic form of this hormone that will stimulate your uterus to make contractions. Again, this is not a natural moment, and you will require monitoring of your baby's heartbeat, as well as a separate monitor on your abdomen to actually detect the frequency of your contractions and actually make sure it's doing something.

Induction of labor is a challenging situation, and there's ways to monitor the health of both you and your baby to make sure its done safely. I'd encourage you to have any conversations with your care provider to ensure that all your questions are adequately answered.

Presenter: Dr. Heather Jenkins, Family Doctor, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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