Recent studies have showed that using drugs to induce labor may pose risk of a rare killer complication. Drug induced labours often take place in cases where treating mother’s hypertension and diabetes is necessary or when the pregnancy has dragged beyond the due date.
However, more and more elective inductions are taking places due to parents’ busy schedules and the desire to skip a mad late night dash to the hospital.

What many future moms don’t know is that drug induced labor could lead to complications. One of the possible complications is amniotic fluid embolism (AFE).
Amniotic fluid fills the sac around the foetus. If tears occur in the sac, there’s a risk of womb vessels allowing the fluid, foetal cells, hair entering the mother's blood stream through the placenta and triggering an allergic reaction. This is called AFE.

In the worst scenario, AFE could lead to heart and lung collapse. A patient may experience sudden shortness of breath and high blood pressure leading to heart attack. Soon after, the patient might fall into a coma.
Now, these events are rare but they do represent one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in developed countries where induced births commonly take place.

However, AFE risk was not only seen in drug-induced labors. Diabetes, preeclampsia, increased maternal age and caesarean, vacuum, and forceps deliveries represent risks of AFE too.

Researchers believe that both mothers and their doctors should be aware of this risk associated with induced labours although they doubt that this finding will have any serious impact on their decisions.