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Obviously, I am not attending the doctor visits. But I am a curious sort of fellow.

Why do they induce labor rather than letting things take their course. What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Not a doctor, either, but from my understanding from friends who've had induction, there may be some hormonal imbalance that is keeping it from occurring naturally and the baby could grow to a size that wouldn't be able to be born vaginally.

There is also the possibility of "dry birth" if the water breaks and contractions don't start.

As for one of the disadvantages, I understand that the contractions are worse when it's induced because they start out at the intensity a natural birth works up to over time, giving the mother a chance to get acclimated.

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