The induction crisis continues (and what we can do about it)

It might be the summer holidays here in the UK, but that’s not stopping the media from sharing misinformation about induction of labour.

From misquoted statistics to scary ‘spin’, we seem to be swamped with unhelpful information. We have read more comments than ever before from people who are concerned about this.

I think we need to be able to respond to this kind of thing with better information. And not because I want to persuade women to go down a particular path. Everybody deserves to have good information about all the options so that they can make the decision that’s right for them.

Can I help you?

We have responded to the increase in induction misinformation by increasing the number of information resources that we are putting out on this topic.

Instagram is a good way to share these. If you don’t already follow me on there, come on over and join me. I’m @drsarawickham and you’re welcome to share and repost my pics to help spread the word. (Always make sure you leave the original author credit. That way, others can find a creator’s website and resources too).

I’m also blogging about the issues, with more of that to come soon.

And we have lots of people signing up for the penultimate run of Gathering in the Knowledge 2019 (September 20-27). I have created a whole section in there on induction of labour, among many other hot topics. It contains a video lecture in which you can watch me critiquing the ARRIVE Trial, as well as discussions of other research, podcasts, written activities and chatting spaces. Come and connect with others as we analyse relevant studies which will help you get up-to-date and increase your understanding of the research! My aim is that you’ll leave knowing that you can respond more confidently in conversations with clients and colleagues.

So if you’re an insta-fan and we’re not yet connected, come on over and find me and my resources. And if you’d like to discuss the latest in birth-related research and thinking from the comfort of your tablet, phone or computer, the next course runs from September 20-27 2019. There are three more weeks for catch-up if you need it after that.

Do be aware that the September course is filling up more quickly than any of the others so far!

More induction resources

I also have books available on induction of labour and making decisions in pregnancy and birth. Both of these are aimed at helping women to better understand the issues and the evidence and to be able to make the decisions that are right for them.

             

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