Masterclass Description

Induction of Labor: Part 1

Does Mother Nature Know Best?

Instructor: Henci Goer | Duration: 88 Minutes

Half of U.S. women who labor have labor induced (started artificially). The vast majority of these will be preventive inductions, that is, inductions in healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies based on the belief that inducing labor improves outcomes compared to letting nature take its course. Is that true? Get the information you need to decide for yourself so that you can determine whether to agree to induction for non-medical reasons.


This Masterclass will enable you to…

  • Describe nonmedical drivers of induction rates.
  • Decide whether you agree with rationales for preventive induction.
  • Determine whether your care provider’s induction policies promote safety and success.
  • Establish whether your care provider (or a prospective care provider) takes a physiologic or medical-model approach to induction.
  • Implement strategies when you want a physiologic approach, but your care provider takes a medical approach and changing care providers isn’t an option.
  • Maximize your chances for safe vaginal birth with a bigger baby.


This Masterclass will cover…

  • Why Do You Need This Lecture?
  • Does Preventive Induction Improve Outcomes?

Suspected big baby? Rupture of membranes at term? Impending postterm? Routine induction at term (A.K.A. elective induction)?

Unique to CBU: Every lecture has “take-away” ideas and tips to help you make decisions and obtain optimal care for you and your baby!


Childbirth U is intended to help you make informed decisions about maternity care; however, the information found on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult your physician or midwife before acting on any of the information you find here. While the content of CBU lectures is believed to be true and accurate at the time of publication, we accept no legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made and make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the content of CBU lectures.

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