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BATON ROUGE - A group of doctors at Woman's Hospital is speaking out against 'elective inductions,' when moms-to-be select their delivery date.

Ashley Martell is a busy mom of three. She is also pregnant and says, she did an elective induction for one of her kids and she'll never do it again.

"I did it once," Martell said. "And I'll never do it again. To me it's not worth risking my baby's life."

Dr. Elizabeth Buchert says she is taking a public stance against elective inductions because more and more delivery decisions are driven by factors not related to the safety of the mother and child. She said some of the dangers include unplanned cesareans, respiratory problems for the baby and even complications in future pregnancies. She argues most of the time mothers are persuaded by fear.

"Fear that they shouldn't go past their due date," Buchert said. "Fear that they should have an induction because the baby is going to grow too big. Those are not true reasons to have an elective induction. If they are being pressured that way, it's an external pressure from their healthcare provider and we want women to know that's not the best way to go."

Dr. Buchert believes there are exceptions to the rule, like medical emergencies and natural disasters, like hurricanes.



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