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?

In Your Own Time was written to help parents and professionals better understand the issues and the evidence relating to the current induction epidemic. Looks at the evidence relating to due dates, ‘post-term’, older and larger women, suspected big babies, maternal race and more.

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).

We keep our newsletter folks informed about the latest research in our Birth Information Update – click here if you don’t get that and would like to.

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

And I often address induction-related topics and evidence in my online courses. In those, you can 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, join me for an online course.


The decisions that we make about our pregnancy and childbirth journeys can shape our experiences, health and lives, as well as those of our families. But those decisions can be complex. This book is a guide to the different perspectives and approaches that exist, and it offers tips, tools and ways of thinking which will help you make the decisions that are right for you.

More induction resources

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