A local article on doctors discouraging early elective inductions.
Although, I’m appreciative that the article is out there, it isn’t completely truthful.
It states that some of these doctors could get flagged at Erlanger for inducing for non-medical reasons before 39 weeks. But it doesn’t say that a doctor could create a medical reason…macrosomia (big baby), or they could break their water without them knowing, or they could do the back door induction method and tell the women that they are already having contractions and that the baby is on its way, so why don’t we head over to the hospital and go ahead and get some pitocin in the system and have that baby today. Women, please educate yourselves with an out of hospital birth class and know that you should let your baby come when it decides as long as a real medical situation arises. A first time mom will average not 40 weeks of pregnancy but 41 weeks and 1-3 days.
The stats that they are quoting for Chattanooga hospitals has to be low as well. When I talk to women in this area, almost all of them were induced and most for the reasons I stated above.