Sometimes it becomes necessary for a pregnant woman's labor to be induced to protect her health and the health of her unborn child. Doctors may decide to induce labor for a variety of reasons such as the size of the baby, going too far past the baby's due date or a medical condition such as high blood pressure.
If your doctor has determined that it is necessary to induce labor, the following will occur to ensure the highest level of patient care:
- Your doctor's office will contact the YRMC Labor & Delivery Department and request a date for the induction.
- You will be asked to call the Labor and Delivery department one hour in advance of your scheduled induction time to ensure room availability. Please keep in mind that women in active labor and emergencies will take precedent. If a room is not available, an alternate time will be scheduled as space becomes available.
The amount of time it can take from the beginning of the induction process to the actual delivery of the baby can vary widely from woman to woman and is based on her specific condition and circumstances. Contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions about scheduled inductions.