ACOG is an organization overseeing your OBs. ACOG recommendations for inductions or cesarean deliveries:
- Elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor or cesarean deliveries should not be scheduled before 39 weeks. [ emphasis mine] Delivery prior to 39 weeks has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of learning disabilities and a potential increase in illness and death.
- Elective, non-medically indicated inductions of labor between 39 weeks and 41 weeks gestation should not be scheduled [ emphasis mine] unless the cervix is deemed favorable.
“… As ob-gyns, our goal is to provide women the very best evidence-based medical care,” Dr. Hal Lawrence III, ACOG executive vice president, said in a college news release.
Why is this important? Because pre-term or late-term babies many times have breastfeeding challenges! They also have greater re-admissions to hospitals. Don’t be bullied by your MD or midwife into early inductions!