I don't know the actual statistics. Yes, induction increases the risk of intervention including assisted delivery, epidurals and pain relief. You need to be aware of these risks, but don't be terrified off them either. You need to weigh up what is best for you and baby. My next bub might be induced early because of size as well and the way the doctor explained it to me was that if you'd already had a vaginal birth and they go to induce you and your cervix is nice and soft or starting to dilate then the induction will probably be very easy and successful. On the flip side, if they go to induce you and your cervix is rock hard and unchanging then you have a much higher rate of induction failure. So perhaps you can talk to them about getting an internal done and making decisions from there. The thing I am most cautious of is artifically rupturing the membranes - if they start the induction process but your waters remain intact, if it fails you can stop trying to force it and give it a few more days. However if they break your waters then baby ideally needs to be born in the next day or two and therefore you are forced to continue along even if your body is not responding to the induction.
Plenty of people will terrify you about induction but you need to make the best decision for you and baby. If left to go naturally, you might end up with a very large baby who cannot be delivered vaginally and may end up with severe tearing or worse shoulder dystocia. It's a tough call to make, one that I am already panicking over and I'm not even in a position to need to decide yet, so weigh up all the consequences and risks that are applicable to YOUR scenario and try not to compare to other people's experience. My cousin had an induction with her second and it was a breezy 4 hour labour with no complications and no pain relief, so it's not always a negative outcome!
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