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Consumer Reports Updates 'What to Reject When You're Expecting'

Tuesday, June 13, 2017  
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Consumer Reports updated their article:  What to Reject  When You're Expecting:  9 procedures to think twice about during your pregnancy. Dr. Debra Bingham is quoted in procedure #4: Inducing Labor Without A Medical Indication

"Even after 39 weeks of pregnancy, you should resist the urge to induce labor unless there is a strong medical reason, says Debra Bingham, a doctor of public health and associate professor for Healthcare Quality and Safety at the University of Maryland School of Nursing."

"She points out that women who go into labor without being induced can usually spend the early portion at home, moving around as they feel most comfortable.  An induced labor takes place in a hospital, where a woman will be hooked up to at least one intravenous line and an electronic fetal monitor. In addition, most hospitals don't allow eating or drinking once induction begins."

"Undergoing medical procedures or taking medications without a medical indication causes more harm than good, "Bingham says.  "It's similar to taking blood pressure medicine when you don't have high blood pressure. The medicine is good when needed, but more harmful to you if you don't have a medical condition that will benefit from this medicine." 

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