Australian obstetricians have warned pregnant women about the downside of 'social deliveries'. Some mums-to-be who are due around Christmas often opt for induction so that they can be with other members of the family during Christmas.
However, obstetrician Dr. David O'Callaghan has warned that social inductions increase the danger for mother and baby by possibly triggering medical interventions. Inductions increase the likelihood of epidurals, forcep deliveries, vacuum deliveries, caesarean sections and a slower recovery for the mother. He said, "The subsequent longer labor is more stressful on the baby and the use of forceps is more stressful on the baby."
Obstetrician at St. Vincents Private and Freemasons hospitals, Dr. Hargreaves said, "The surge in demand for inductions is a well recognized trend, particularly among those already with children." But she induces women only if they are 38 1/2 weeks or more into their pregnancy to avoid complications.