Induction of Labor
Most pregnancies last about 40 weeks. Some end a few weeks earlier and some end a few weeks later. The birth of a baby anytime between 37 and 41 weeks is considered normal. When your baby is “done,” labor usually starts on its own. Sometimes, however, if the woman or her baby is ill, or if the woman and her health care provider think it is safe, the health care provider may try to get labor started using medicines or other treatments. When this is done, it is called induction of labor.