Ten things I wish every woman knew about induction of labour: the article

small__150426193In modern Western culture, most women know about induction of labour before they even become pregnant. They know that it is suggested when it is felt that it would be safer for the baby to be born than to stay inside its mother. And many women know that one of the main reasons for recommending induction of labour is because pregnancy has lasted for a certain number of weeks and the baby is perceived to be ‘overdue’.

Many women will know a good few other women who will have had their labours medically induced, and so they are likely to know that other reasons are sometimes given for this. These reasons include that the woman is older than average, that her waters have broken early and/or that she has a health problem or condition which is felt to necessitate the bringing on of her labour.

But this is not the whole story. There are many other aspects to the decision that some women need to consider about whether or not to have their labour medically induced. This blog post offers an updated version of my article on this topic. It reflects the latest update of my bestselling book; Inducing Labour: making informed decisions (Wickham 2018).

In this article, I didn’t want to focus on the things that are commonly understood. Instead, I’m sharing some of the evidence, issues and implications that women say they were less aware of but which they wish they had been able to take into account when making their decision. There are, of course, way more than ten things to know! This is intended to serve as a starting point for discussion rather than to be exhaustive.


1. Induced labour isn’t like spontaneous labour.

This might be obvious to some people, but I know from experience that it isn’t to others. Induced labour is very different from labour that starts spontaneously. Individual women’s experiences vary, of course, but there are a number of key and interwoven areas of difference that are fairly universal. First, a woman having her labour induced is given artificial hormones. These can create more pain more quickly than would occur in spontaneous labour.

Synthetic hormones don’t trigger the release of a woman’s own natural pain-relieving substances as her own hormones would if she were in spontaneous labour, and they come with a range of possible side effects, which means a woman whose labour is being induced needs to be monitored more closely.

The increased monitoring can lead to the woman being less able to move around. That in turn can increase her pain and stress, and this can quickly lead to a woman feeling that things have spiralled out of her control. Not everybody finds this a problem, but it is something to be aware of. Induction can also take quite a long time. Women are often waiting (usually, but not always, in a hospital ward) for two or three days before labour really gets going. This is frustrating to some women, especially when their loved ones aren’t allowed to stay.


2. Some women find induction of labour more painful.

I started to cover this already, but there is a bit more to know about this in relation to possible sources of pain. The contractions caused by the cervical ripening methods that are the first stage of medical induction can become really sharp really quickly, but without having any measurable effect. Some women feel that this has a negative effect on women’s experiences, and it is easy to become tired and/or disillusioned more quickly than if they were in spontaneous early labour. Oxytocin-induced contractions can also be very strong, and there is often less time to get used to these than when labour starts spontaneously. In addition, the increased number of vaginal examinations and other interventions (such as the insertion of cannulas) can create additional pain or discomfort. Again, not everyone finds this a problem, but it’s worth knowing beforehand. If you decide to have your labour induced, you might want to give some thought to your pain relief decisions.


3. Induction of labour is a package deal.

I have written about this quite a bit elsewhere on my website so I won’t repeat myself too much here. I am frequently asked whether women can have a physiological placental birth or decline monitoring and/or vaginal examinations if their labour is induced. The answer is usually no. But not because anyone wants to prevent a woman from making the decisions that are right for her. The drugs used to induce labour are powerful substances that block a woman’s own hormones. They can sometimes cause side effects in the woman or baby. It is the effect of these drugs that needs to be measured, monitored and compensated for in induced labour. If a woman is concerned that aspects of induction are not what she wants, then it might be better for her to consider whether induction is really necessary or right for her in the first place.


4. Stretching and sweeping isn’t benign.

Nowadays, many areas have introduced a policy of offering women a ‘stretch and sweep’ at a certain point in pregnancy in the hope that this will reduce the number of women who go on to have full-blown medical induction. Even if we ignore the assumption that all of the woman who are offered induction will consent to having it, a stretch and sweep can cause discomfort, bleeding and irregular contractions, and in some of the studies the stretch and sweep intervention only brings labour forward by about 24 hours. The authors of the Cochrane review on this concluded that: Routine use of sweeping of membranes from 38 weeks of pregnancy onwards does not seem to produce clinically important benefits. When used as a means for induction of labour, the reduction in the use of more formal methods of induction needs to be balanced against women’s discomfort and other adverse effects’ (Boulvain et al 2005: 2).


5. Natural induction of labour is an oxymoron.

This is another issue that I have written about elsewhere on my website, but the gist is easy to summarise. Either we are awaiting spontaneous labour, or we are trying to interfere and bring it on earlier than it would otherwise have occurred. Sometimes there is good reason to try to bring labour on, but if a woman takes castor oil or asks her midwife to do a daily stretch and sweep or picks any one of the range of things that are purported to bring on labour, then she is aiming to induce her labour with non-medical means. I am not saying there is anything wrong with that, but I think that, particularly because we exist in a culture which continually devalues patience and women’s bodily processes, it is important to be clear about what our intention is.


6. Induction of labour is NOT the law!

I was absolutely appalled to hear, part-way through writing an earlier version of this book, that one woman had been told: ‘We have to induce you twenty four hours after rupture of membranes. It’s the law’. The woman had agreed to induction and went on to have what she felt was a very traumatic birth. In most countries, including the UK, there are no laws which state what a pregnant woman must or must not do, and any practitioner saying such a thing should be reported to their professional body.


7. It’s not ‘just a trickle’ (or a whiff)…

I am always really concerned when I hear midwives and doctors using language which downplays the interventions that they are recommending, and I particularly dislike the terms ‘trickle’ and ‘whiff’ when used in relation to intravenous oxytocin (syntocinon).  This drug is sometimes lifesaving and sometimes overused and it is a very powerful drug which needs to be respected as such. It can cause the baby to not cope as well with labour, and in fact in some areas the practice is to keep increasing the amount of syntocinon that women receive until the baby reacts, and only then turn it down as it is considered that the appropriate level has been found. But even where this is not done and the syntocinon is only increased until contractions are effective, it is a drug that needs to be given respect. Its potential effects should not be minimised by professionals, whether intentionally or otherwise.


8. Women don’t fail. Inductions and systems do.

This one pretty much speaks for itself. Induction doesn’t always work, and this is not the fault of the woman. As I discuss in my book, we now know that some women don’t respond as well to the drugs used as others because of genetic factors, and there are multiple reasons why induction might not work, including that it is carried out before the woman or baby were ready for labour. I wish I could reassure all women who have had an induction that was unsuccessful that there was nothing wrong with them or their bodies. This is another case where some of the language used in the maternity services really needs to be reconsidered.


9. The risks are later, lower and sometimes less preventable than people think.

In my book, I look at a number of studies and data sets that look at the risk of stillbirth and whether the chance of this can be reduced by inducing lots of women’s labours. And the answer is, well it’s complicated. In some situations, like post-term pregnancy, the increase in risk doesn’t happen as early as some people believe, and it is also lower than women are often told. In fact, the outcomes experienced by women who awaited spontaneous labour and by women whose labour was induced were so similar that none of the individual studies which compared induction with non-induction were able to show a benefit to induction in their findings. It is only when all of the results for all of the studies are added together that it is possible to see a small difference, and even then we have a big question mark because the quality of the research isn’t always high. As I will explain further in the next point, we don’t always have good evidence that sad events like stillbirth are preventable by increased intervention, such as induction of labour.


10. The risks for older women, women with suspected large babies and women who conceived via IVF aren’t as clear cut as is often suggested either.

My final point relates to the women who are told that they are at greater risk of having a baby with a problem, and that they should hav their labour induced because of this. This currently includes women who are older, women who are thought to have a large baby (even though we aren’t very good at estimating fetal weight, even with ultrasound) and women who conceived by IVF. This is complicated, too. Let’s look at older women as an example. Some studies show a correlation between increased maternal age and an increase in certain types of complications, including stillbirth, but that doesn’t mean that induction of labour will improve outcomes, and we don’t have robust evidence demonstrating that it does. There are also downsides to induction, so the decision needs to be weighed up carefully by the person who it will most affect. Women who are older or deemed to be ‘at higher risk’ are often offered monitoring and intervention in abundance, and this can cause complications and lead to more intervention. Older women are also more likely to have other health challenges (sometimes called co-morbidity) and it is hard to tell whether these problems and/or their age are the cause of any problems. The studies that have looked at this have not always separated these issues out, and the only papers that have done so looked at women who gave birth some years ago, and who may not be comparable to women today. So there is a real lack of good data in this area, and unfortunately the studies that are being carried out to look further at this are tending to induce even younger women even earlier in pregnancy, so their results may not be of much use to women either.

Women who are offered induction of labour need to weigh up lots of things in order to determine which path is right for them. We need to wholeheartedly support women who want their labour to be induced, and to wholeheartedly support women who don’t. Women report variable experiences of induction of labour afterwards; some are really happy with their experience, and others much less so. But the overarching thing that I hear from new mothers on the topic of induction is that many women wish they had had more information, and that’s why I have re-shared this article as well as updated my book on this topic. In the book, I explain the process of induction, explore some of the things you might want to ask about if you are considering induction and look in more depth at the research that is available on this topic. You can find out more about the book here. Also available on Amazon worldwide and as an e-book if you need it in a hurry, from Amazon UK, US, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Australia and India.



Boulvain M, Stan CM, Irion O. Membrane sweeping for induction of labour. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD000451. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000451.pub2

Wickham S (2012).  When is induction not induction?  Essentially MIDIRS 3(9): 50-51.

Wickham S (2018). Inducing Labour: making informed decisions. Birthmoon Creations.


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27 comments for “Ten things I wish every woman knew about induction of labour: the article

  1. Nic
    October 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Dear Sara
    Thank you for this awareness raising article. My worst fears were realised when I had an induction last July. At 40wks +2, the consultant I saw was dismissive & uncommunicative to my husband & I. He insisted that an induction (no explanations of his reasoning or what the process would involve) was necessary at 41+ 1 & brusquely told us to turn up on Wednesday evening for the induction. We were in shock at his rude attitude and left the office feeling scared & deflated. I had been feeling wonderful up to this point- energetic, practising yoga, swimming, walking, listening to hypnobirthing affirmations etc. I became very stressed & decided to see my acupuncturist for some “help” to move baby along & avoid medical induction, as everything I had read & researched convinced me that this was not the route for me & my baby. Buoyed by my acupuncturist’s support & advice, I decided to challenge the consultant’s decision.I could only access a midwife in the maternity ward by telephone.She told me she had no access to my medical file and advised to turn up & that they would check me out & if all was ok I could wait until I was 11 days over ( hospital policy). All was perfectly fine on scan & trace & I explained my opposition to induction ( different consultant). In the end, fear of something going wrong with baby won out & I suggested a membrane sweep on day 10 to buy myself more time. My acupuncturist, a former midwife herself, had advised me against doing this as she said it would likely cause my waters to break & they did indeed break during the sweep. My labour in summary: 2cm dilated at sweep, anxious night spent in maternity ward listening to new mums crying with baby blues, 6 hours on drip unable to move much with all the wires, 2 painful internal examinations, ineffective contractions which were too close together, v strong & painful, vomiting, shock, fear & distress, baby showing signs of distress, occiput posterior baby & a c-section, followed by an infection for me, baby not breastfeeding properly because she also got my infection, special care babies unit for baby, guilt, separation & 8 days in hospital. Apart from the first consultant (rumour has it- no longer practicing)I found the staff at the hospital to be excellent within the confines of hospital policy. I got wonderful support with breastfeeding & 15 weeks later baby & I are doing well. My problem is with the outdated policies & lack of evidence based practice. I also found that fanily & friends, prior to my experience, would have seen induction as a positive and necessary thing. I really think that most women feel that they must obey their consultants. I was very well informed about the risks associated with induction but I still bowed to pressure. Maybe I still would have ended up having painful back labour and a c-section if I had held out and refused the induction until baby decided to come. I will never know. I hope that my next birth experience will be better and I will definitely be more assertive and trust my own judgement and instincts.Upon discharge, another consultant reassured me that VBAC would be encouraged & supported and that the hospital had a high success rate. I hope that other expectant mums read my story and carefully consider their options.

    • October 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      So, so sorry that you had such a difficult experience, Nic, but thank you for sharing it with other expectant mums.

  2. Denise Hynd
    October 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Dear Sara
    Is it possible to get a copy of your poster about these 10 things??

  3. Melody Stojcevski
    October 28, 2014 at 2:56 am

    This is a good read and I must say all info given to me by the MH (local hospital) midwives and Dr didn’t say anything like this, but the reading I had done did, actually I would say 80 out of 100 story’s were terrible …. Unfortunately after 2 weeks of me begging for this not to be done they told me it wasn’t a choice as I would harm my baby otherwise I was 42weeks …. We’ll the rest of the story has changed our lives for ever and not for the better… After 5 mins of Gel Pebbles (my baby boy) heart beat dropped to 20 and then continued to torture my baby for 12 hours untell they called emergency c section 2 hours YES two hours Later I had c section and gave birth to our baby boy Pebbles he was only with us 30 minutes whilst they worked on him he was worn out from the induction and torture he had been put through all day with his heart rate going from 20/25 to 180 every few mins whilst they tell me it’s all normal (my first child) instead it wasn’t normal and resulted in them torturing and murdering my baby he passing away due to neglect … I would never recommend this to anyone NEVER… Heart broken for life…… And the pain was incredible …. I’d chop my legs of bfor going through that again …

  4. Maria
    October 28, 2014 at 5:04 am

    i have had two inductions by ARM, no other intervention was required, and no pain relief either. They were beautiful vaginal births. They were quick, but, my non induced birth was quicker and my husband delivered that time, I wasn’t willing to have my toddlers deliver their siblings. Induced births are not always awful, and I was calmer during my induced births than I was during my unplanned home birth. Induction is not always right, but, it’s not always wrong either.

  5. Jules
    November 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I’ve had two inductions, one ” normal” birth…. First induction my waters broke 6 days early (knew exact date of conception) but I wasn’t dilating/having contractions. I had the pessary -didn’t work then everything went so slow, two days of no sleep I caved in and had all the drugs going (gas and air, pethidene & epidural) to sleep/help with the pain. I didn’t know what each would do except relieve the pain.

    The nurses threatened a section 43 hours from my waters breaking, as all I did the second morning was sleep in between getting the drugs. When it came to when THEY thought I could push I was knackered! I pushed for an hour and couldn’t feel anything. I was told i had an hour to get him out or i WAS having a section (great choices lol) but I was able to try and turn over (much to the nurses objections) as the epidural fell out. With that he was out in 30 mins. I felt steamed rolled an un informed in my choices!

    Baby 2 was born in a different country and also induced because I asked after I was over due 41+1. I also said I didn’t want they drugs I had before, so they ruptured the waters, gave me an hour walking around to see if that helped-it didn’t then started the drip. They kept upping it every so often, I was checked and had only dilated a small amount, when I counted how long it would take to get to 10cm (1cm an hour) I started freaking thinking its going to be dinner time or later! But an hour or less later I felt really uncomfy, I said I felt odd and the mw said she’d check me later as I hadn’t long been checked…I said I would prefer her check now/soon…turns out I went from 4-5cm to 9cm in less than an hour (with nothing). My mws changed shifts at 3pm and the one I had all day was great an anti drugs so helped me not take anything, soon as she left I shouted give me drugs (lol meaning gas and air) but by the time I got it I was just getting ready to push so only used it for 15mins. Baby came out no bother!

    Bub three I could feel he was bigger than my other two, could feel him right high in my chest and low in my pelvis for weeks and wasn’t so big. I had an estimate scan at 38wks and they said he was 7.7 to 8lb and would be 8-7lb born. I knew he’d be late but didn’t stress over how long, I saw my consultant at 40+1 and said he’d discuss options next week, following week at 41+2 we discussed options, I asked for a stretch and sweep which I had then and there, and they booked me for an induction in two days. I ended up having him the morning of my planned induction with gas and air, he was a big baby for me (had 7.7 &7.8lbers) and he was 9.08lb. As his head was coming out they said the cord was shorter than it should be plus his shoulders were stuck! I had the two nurses try to pull him out as I pushed, it worked eventually but he was harder for my body to push out because of his shoulders being so large.

    Inductions in my belief, aren’t that scary, labour is scary if you haven’t done it before. The drugs IMO aren’t all that… Yes they help the pain but they delay things. I read up on the drugs after having my first and expecting my second. That is when I found out the chances of having sections are higher in inductions…but IMO I’d say its from the drugs rather than the actual induction.

    Many nurses and doctors, think they no better and that the mother should go along with what they deem to be correct. With my third baby he was measuring a week larger than my 6 week scan dated him at, when I questioned the female consultant in the due date she got all snotty and said how “SHE was the doctor as SHE knew best!” She would not put my due date back to what my period AND the two later scans dated him to be but offered to give me a stretch and sweep at 39 weeks to start me off early (would of been my 40 week date, her 39 wk date). I promptly refused and said how I did not like her or her ways and would be changing doctors! My baby as it says above) was 7.7 at (my) 38 wks (her 39wk) and 9.08 at my 41+2 (her 42+2).

    I do believe had I kept her I would of been induced!

  6. Jo
    November 2, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Dear Sara

    This is a wonderful article and sums up nicely all the reasons I fought against intervention. At 40+12 I had a discussion with consultant who insisted most babies were born by 40 weeks and used the term stillborn umpteen times a minute. At this point I agreed to sweep but no induction but they were unable to do sweep as they couldn’t reach. They tried to do a sweep a further three times always unsuccessfully and monitored daily. Although it took under half an hour to confirm bump and I were fine I was kept in all day up to at worst 8 hours which I believe was bullying to make me concede which I finally did on 40+17. They weren’t even able to put the pessary where it needed to go and after 24 hours my cervix was even higher and I was taken for a section on +18. Biggest regret was not waiting longer but how long is safe to wait before measures are taken? Trying to balance nature and the wonders of modern science which saves countless lives is incredibly difficult when one only has the knowledge of university of Google. I’m now pregnant again and the one consultant I’ve seen to date refused to discuss vbac, refused to discuss section and he’ll they even refused to tell me if I was safe to fly. It really is that you’re on your own unless you toe the line with hospital policy. Currently five months pregnant and terrified of what’s to come as I’d do anything not to have another section. Interested in your views of how long one can hold off having intervention if all tests show baby and placenta healthy. Also, how long one can hold off intervention after previous section assuming all healthy.

    Thank you again for such an informative and succinct article.

  7. Tam
    November 11, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I have been reading the article and all the posts with interest. My heart goes out to Melody who’s story was so sad. I am currently 37 weeks pregnant with my second child, after a very traumatic induced birth 10 yrs ago. After having 2 unsuccessful sweeps I was induced at 42 wks with only one pessary application. Suffice it to say I experienced very sharp, close together contractions very quickly, ended up with a drip as i wasn’t dilating, and was in agony for hours. I then pushed for an hour (on instruction) before they realised i wasn’t quite fully dilated, after which i had an epidural as i just couldn’t cope anymore. Eventually my baby became increasingly distressed and was delivered in a panic via ventouse (theatres were all full so no c-section). I then had to stay in hospital for several days after major blood loss, and it took me weeks to be mobile again. I am pleased to say that although my daughter was born ‘blue’ she soon recovered and is now a healthy 10yr old, but it was a very stressful situation for all at the time.
    I am now 40yrs old and the consultants are very keen for me to be induced at 40 wks due to an ‘increased risk of stillbirth’. I am in good health, low BMI, don’t smoke, have had a straightforward pregnancy and additional scans have shown the baby to be a healthy size with good fluid levels and a healthy looking placenta and cord. Despite doing my research and explaining my preferences for a natural birth I am still feeling under tremendous pressure to be induced. I am just hoping that my baby decides to come on time as the battle I think I will have to have with them will be so stressful, but i just don’t want to be induced again! I understand that induction is not always a bad thing but after my previous experience i really don’t think it’s for me. I just don’t seem to be able to convince the consultants of that!

    • November 12, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Thanks for sharing your story, Tam, and am sending you tons of good wishes for this birth x

  8. Rosie
    November 27, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Thank you for this article Sarah, it has given me a lot to think about. Unlike some of the other comments here, my midwife is suggesting I have an induction at 38 weeks because I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I am still trying to figure out if induction is essential now or if it is only if the baby is too big, which mine is not. This article has made me realise I need to find out if I have options as I had just assumed I had to have an induction.

    Many thanks,

  9. Rebecca Pugh
    December 27, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Brilliant article, would have been great to have had it as back up to my gut feeling for my first. Sadly felt pressured into an induction at +11 days. The pessary caused hyper stimulation of the uterus but no baby moving contractions. Daughters heart rate dropped dangerously low, pessary was whipped out (I actually felt like a cow or sheep at this point as the doctor rooted around) we were rushed to labour, waters broken, drip in hand. As mentioned in the article I did find the candula painful and distressing. Heart and contraction monitors meant my movement was restricted. Fortunately this only lasted 6 hours, the midwife respected my no vaginal examination wish. She even let me delay cutting the cord until it had stopped pulsing despite having the injection to deliver the placenta. I refused a sweep or to be booked for induction for my second, it became apparent at this point that my partner didn’t realise it was the induction process that had endangered our daughter. Second labour was easy, spending the day playing with my daughter, looking after my horses. Daughter number 2 turned up quickly on the bathroom floor caught by a paramedic! Thank you for this article, I have book marked it for future reference. I would never encourage anyone to be induced unless remaining pregnant risked the health of mother or baby, your article provides the facts to my gut.

  10. SFBJ
    May 4, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Hi Sara, really useful article, thanks. I am 39 weeks + 2 and 40 years old with my first child. The obstetricians are adamant that I should be induced on my due date (next week) but I would really rather avoid this. I’ve been healthy throughout my pregnancy and the baby is active and healthy as far as we no. I’ve got no other complications apart from my age. Its proving almost impossible to get good information/research-based advice about what to do aside from that which comes from the obstetrician. My midwife will support me if I decide not to be induced next week but isn’t really providing me with much in the way of advice/evidence. Everything is deferred back to the obstetricians. Like someone else above, I’m really just hoping baby arrives of its own accord so I can avoid the pressure. Baby’s head is 3/5 engaged and is in a great position, so we have our fingers and toes crossed. Thanks for the useful article!

    • Tam
      May 11, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      I felt i had to reply as i was in exactly your situation 5 months ago. After holding out for an extra week (under what felt like tremendous pressure) i had my lovely little boy naturally. After a very traumatic induction with my first baby this was a painful but exhilarating and empowering experience that’s left me feeling very proud. My advice would be to follow your instincts and hang on in there if that is what you feel is right.

  11. Ann Roberts
    May 24, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Dear Sara – good to have this update – and the new book of course, which is brilliant. I seem to have three incarnations in my library now! One thing I really like about your writing above, is that you use “affect” and “effect” throughout rather than substituting both with “impact” as everyone else seems to these days – and which drives me nuts! I may be odd, but it is so lovely to read a well written blog.

    • May 25, 2018 at 8:38 am

      Lol thank you Ann … I hadn’t noticed everyone else writing ‘impact’ but I will keep an eye out for it now! And credit needs to go to my fabulous editor too 🙂

  12. June 9, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I’m a fairly confident and knowledgeable woman but I found myself in the situation of being bullied to induce by the consultants. The stress they put me under during the last week or so before my last daughter was born was terribly unhealthy for me and baby and I’d like to see a stop to this kind of coercion. Everyone’s so scared of being sued that they push and push until you give in.

    I had planned a homebirth, it would have been my second, but sadly I spent most of my labor surrounded by strangers on the antenatal ward, while they watched me peeing myself with contractions. I’m glad to say that the midwives who provided my antenatal care prior to my induction never pushed for induction, though one did tell me over the phone that no midwife would come out to a homebirth at 40 +12. I think that’s one factor that killed my resolve to wait for baby and birth at home.

  13. Jane
    January 16, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Sara, I am so glad Blogs like this exist. I was induced with my first child at 42.5 weeks. I had told the Doctors I would not be induced at 41 and they managed to get me to submit at 42.5. What a mistake that was. Painful contractions and a near c section. Thankfully baby came out in time (they told me I’d be prepped for a c section half an hour before baby cake naturally). I ended up needing an epidural for the pain and couldn’t feel pushing. Insane. Thankfully I learned from this and with the births of my other children I decided against any interventions (not even a vaginal exam). All babies are healthy and the labours all short (thankfully). It truly disturbs me what’s going on in the medical system. I could go as far as to say it’s bordering on evil.

  14. Elspeth King
    March 12, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Thankyou so much for this comprehensive explanation of some of the effects of induction. I would like to add that after a very traumatic induction for no other reason than that I was 10 days “overdue” I suffered from puerperal psychosis,which I attribute exclusively to the way in which the induction process was handled. We were then advised to never have any more children,as the psychosis would return every time,possibly in a more extreme form.I am so happy to report that we went on to have 6 more children,without intervention. But I so wish I had had proper advice,and someone to advocate for me,at the time.

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