Inside The Box: No More Elective Inductions?

Minnesota could be the first state to try and stop doctors from inducing labor in pregnant women, unless it’s medically necessary.

The goal is to get more women to carry their babies to at least the 39-week point.

Research has shown babies delivered early do have more health problems than those that are delivered at full term.

Because of that, Minnesota’s Department of Human Services is proposing that hospitals create a plan to help reduce the number of elective inductions they perform.

Hospitals that don’t provide a plan can plan on doing more paperwork for each birth.

So what do you think?

Is this a decision parents and their doctor should be able to make without the state getting involved?

Have your say right now Inside the Box.

Comments

One Comment

  1. GRANDMA says:

    YEAH! THAT SHOULD CUT DOWN ON ALOT OF MEDICAL ERRORS. LET NATURE TAKE IT’S COURSE. BABIES WON’T STAY IN THERE FOREVER! SO WHAT IF IT’S MORE CONVENIENT FOR THE DOCTOR. THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER DOCTOR ON CALL THAT CAN DELIVER THE BABY WHEN IT IS GOOD AND READY. SO YOUR DOCTOR JUST NEEDS TO GIVE UP THE DELIVERY FEE.

  2. J.R. says:

    The government has no right to make decisions about procedures that are legal and medically sanctioned. This is between a doctor and the patient, period.

  3. g_allie_g says:

    My son was induced at 35 weeks and had multiple problems. I say it’s a good idea to stop these elective inductions.

  4. ALWAYS waiting on the kiddos says:

    Both of my kids were late (14 and 15 days overdue) and each of them were over 9 pounds. Both of them had to be induced but I would have preferred an induction at 39-40 weeks instead of 42 weeks.

    Any earlier shoulkd be out of the question unless medically necessary.

  5. Lori says:

    I think that people should let Mother Nature do the job. A baby being born should not be decided at the convenience of the doctor, or parents.

  6. Kali says:

    i think that if it is most healthy for the baby that its a good idea for the state to get involved

  7. Linda says:

    Having a healthy baby should be more of a priority than being able to fit in a bridesmaid dress. The MD shouldn’t be cajoled to go along with a silly request like this. Some hospitals already have restrictions about elective inductions.

  8. 28 Weeks Pregnant says:

    The nor Government have any business butting in with doctor patient relations. If abortions are still legal; than wanting to get an early induction should be too. Personally Mother Nature doesn’t always make the best decisions either. My sister had a still born because they wouldn’t induce her at 40 weeks. SO obviously it needs to stay left up to the doctor and patient because everyone has a different situation and story.

  9. Michelle says:

    To schedule a birth at one’s convenience is crazy. The baby needs to be ready, and the mother’s body needs to be ready. I’ve been induced (not by choice) and know friends who have been induced, and it only seems to result in a long, difficult, more painful labor with more complications.

  10. LAURA says:

    A great idea FINALLY
    The more natural the birth –the safer it is and best for both mom and baby!

  11. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Childbirth is a private matter between a mother and her doctor. The choice should rest with her as to how she delivers (c-sectional, vaginal, etc.) Unless a legislator has personally gone through the labor of childbirth, they should butt out. I was in labor for almost 24 hours–full term pregnancy before they finally determined to do a c-section.

  12. Mark from MNtaxwaste says:

    The government has no right to get into our healthcare, look what Obamacare has done.

    1. bridget says:

      Amen Mark. Let nature take it’s course, except in the case of emergency.

  13. amy says:

    I’m a physician and work for a health system who has made it difficult to do ELECTIVE inductions before 39 weeks, this doesn’t mean that if there are complications (pre-eclampsia, etc) that inductions can’t be done for medical reasons. I’m actually in favor of this policy – for every person who felt they were induced before they wanted to be, there are others who have pursuaded their doctor to do an induction for their own reasons.
    For those who have said “let nature take it’s course” – this is certainly preferred by most, but that doesn’t mean that inductions sometimes do not become necessary. After 41 weeks the rate of fetal demise increases quite rapidly and almost exponentially after 42 weeks (a typical due date is 40 weeks). The placenta is an organ that is only designed to last for 40+ weeks – beyond 42 weeks it can actually get dangerous. Just my two cents.

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  17. Colleen says:

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