Labour may also be induced 'electively'. This is when there is not a clear medical reason to support the use of induction methods. Inducting for elective reasons is a common practice, and one that contributes to Australia's high induction rates (25.5% in 1998). The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that induction rates should not exceed 10% (15% at most). However, despite the possible risks of induction, many people will still utilise various interventions to try and control the birth date of a baby.
The suggestion of induction may come from caregivers, but it can also come from the woman (and / or her partner). Whatever the case, you may need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of inducing a normal pregnancy.
The three main reasons for an elective induction tend to be:
The individual opinions of pregnant women will often vary as to how they perceive induction. Some dislike the idea intensely, wishing to avoid it unless absolutely necessary. Others welcome the intervention happily, possibly because they are tired of being pregnant, or wish to control the date of their baby's birth, or to fit in with certain arrangements. Induction for these types of reasons is regarded as 'inducing for social reasons'.
Some reasons for a social induction can include: