Induction of Labour
Labour is a natural process that usually starts on its own between 37 and 42 weeks. Sometimes labour needs to be started artificially; this is called an induction of labour. This is offered when it is felt that your health, your baby’s health, or indeed both of you will be at risk if the pregnancy continues. Approximately 1 in 4 labours are induced with the most common reason being to avoid a pregnancy over 42 weeks.
If you are offered an induction of labour, the reasons why should be explained to you along with the risks, benefits and possible alternatives. There are a variety of methods that can be used to induce labour. You may be offered one or all of them depending on your individual circumstances.
The choice of whether to be induced is yours. Your doctors and midwives will help develop a personalised plan for your care with you and provide you with the information to make an informed decision. Here is our leaflet on the Induction of labour. to guide you.