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When your doctor is inducing labor, he will try one or more of these 5 different methods:
- A finger inserted to separate the amniotic sac from the cervix. This causes the body to release prostoglandins and induces labor.
- Your doctor may give you synthetic prostoglandins to get labor started.
- A plastic balloon device may be inserted into your cervix and then filled with water to ripen the cervix.
- Your doctor may insert a plastic hook into the cervix and break the amniotic sac to help induce labor.
- You may be given the drug Pitocin to strengthen your contractions.
This video illustrates all of the ways that doctors induce labor in hospitals:
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DIY Methods Of Inducing Labor
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