Lots of women and families have questions about induction of labour. These days, it is offered in so many situations, but is the evidence really there?
When is it better to induce labour than to let a woman’s body or baby decide the best time for birth?
What are the pros and cons of waiting and of being induced?
What about after the due date?
When the baby is thought to be bigger than average?
When the woman is older?
If she had IVF?
Or when her waters have broken earlier than usual?
Dr Sara Wickham is the author of two bestselling books about induction of labour: Inducing Labour: making informed decisions, and In Your Own Time: how western medicine controls the start of labour and why this needs to stop.
This page offers information about Inducing Labour: making informed decisions and we also have a number of free articles and blog posts on this website which you can read if you’d like to know more – click here to see our information hub which links to loads of free resources about induction.
Click here to read about In Your Own Time.
Inducing Labour: making informed decisions is the second edition of Sara’s bestselling book about inducing labour. It helps parents, professionals and others to understand the process and the evidence relating to induction of labour. You can read the first few pages of Inducing labour: making informed decisions here.
What’s it all about?
Induction of labour is an increasingly common recommendation. More and more women find themselves having to decide whether to let their body and baby go into labour spontaneously or agree to medical intervention.
Inducing Labour: making informed decisions explains the process of induction of labour and shares information from research studies, debates and women’s, midwives’ and doctors’ experiences to help women and families become more informed and make the decision that is right for them.
Please be aware that previous editions of this book are now out-of-date and contain information that is no longer correct. Make sure you’re reading the version with the stork on the cover!
This second edition, published in 2018, has been substantially expanded and updated with new and changed evidence.
Three completely new chapters have also been added:
(1) The evidence, in which Sara discusses the induction and caesarean section debate, the ARRIVE trial and the debate on placental insufficiency;
(2) Induction of labour in older women;
(3) Making decisions about induction.
There are also expanded sections on:
Induction for small or large babies.
Induction in women who have had IVF and other ARTs.
And induction for reduced fetal movement.
About the Author
Dr Sara Wickham is a midwife, educator and researcher who has been writing and lecturing about induction of labour for more than twenty years. She also wrote her PhD thesis on this topic.
Sara is the author or editor of fifteen books, has edited three midwifery journals and provides in-person and online educational and consultancy services for midwifery, medical and health-related practitioners and organisations around the world.
A Few Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get it?
‘Inducing Labour: making informed decisions’ is available from Amazon and good bookstores. I will also have copies with me at my workshops and events.
The recommended retail price is UK £10.00. It varies slightly on international sites.
I’m really happy to be able to put these books together and am always delighted when people tell me that my books help them or their clients. I very much hope that this update will help more people to understand the issues and make the decision that is right for them.
And don’t forget our information hub if you’d like more info on induction!