Patient Requested Induction of Labor – Examining an Ethical Dilemma

Maria Rita Corsaro
2011 Online Journal of Health ethics  
Induction of labor when the cervix is not ready or ripe often leads to cesarean section. There is evidence that a significant number of inductions have no medical indication and that women's requests for induction are contributing to these rising numbers. Midwives have historically included women in the delivery decision-making process while priding themselves on the use of evidence-based research when making clinical decisions. In this manuscript, an ethical dilemma is examined with respect to
more » ... ned with respect to patient requested induction of labor and ways to arrive at a clinical decision that includes ethical theory, clinical presentation and the complexities of the individual.
doi:10.18785/ojhe.0701.05 fatcat:5cutmji6o5dyfa2hoqletinj2i