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Induction rates have increased dramatically. A childbirth educator wonders how she can help pregnant women say “no” to induction. This column describes the last days and weeks of pregnancy as vitally important for both the mother and her baby, insuring the baby's maturity
and the mother's readiness for labor. Women are encouraged to appreciate the last days and weeks of pregnancy and to have confidence that when a woman's body and her baby are ready, labor will begin spontaneously. This information, as well as knowledge of how induction alters the process of
normal labor and birth and increases the possibility of having a near-term infant, is the foundation for informed refusal.
The Journal of Perinatal Education is the official journal of Lamaze International, whose mission is to promote, support, and protect natural, safe, and healthy birth through education and advocacy. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles and evidence-based, practical resources that childbirth educators and other health care professionals can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their care or teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.