The holidays & inducing labor

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – ‘Tis the season for inductions! Michal Klau-Stevens is The Birth Lady and she joins us with tips.

‘Tis the Season for Inductions

By Michal Klau-Stevens, The Birth Lady

Will you be asked to schedule your baby’s birthday this holiday season?

Being pregnant during the holiday season brings a special set of challenges as celebrations, travel, and family visits cause added pressure for expectant parents and their caregivers. Parents-to-be may want to show off the new baby to family, or take advantage of the help that family traveling from out of town can offer. Doctors and hospitals want their schedules free so healthcare workers can be with their own families for the holidays. Scheduling births through inductions is a common way to deal with these pressures, but there are some things expectant parents should know about induction as the holiday season approaches.

Watch the video to learn more.

Medical Reasons for Induction of Labor

  • Placenta problems
  • Uterine infection
  • Gestational high blood pressure
  • Preeclampsia, eclampsia
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Postterm pregnancy;
  • Maternal medical conditions (e.g., diabetes mellitus,
  • renal disease, chronic pulmonary disease, chronic
  • hypertension, antiphospholipid syndrome); and
  • Fetal compromise (e.g., severe fetal growth restriction,
  • Rh incompatibility or isoimmunization, low fluid levels)
  • Fetal demise

ICEA. (2015, November 10). ICEA Position Paper: Induction. Retrieved from