Ten things I wish every woman knew about induction of labour

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Here’s my ‘induction picture’ slide as promised!

Based on information shared in my updated book, Inducing Labour: making informed decisions. Also available for Kindle.


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10 comments for “Ten things I wish every woman knew about induction of labour

  1. Mandy
    May 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I had a spontaneous labour with my first child, she was born with her waters and it was extremely long and painful (well over 24 hours) I had my waters broken to induce my second and it was a lot less painful and was just over 2 hours, my third I had a stretch and sweep which was a little painful in its self, 12 hours later I went into labour and just under 2 hours after that I had my baby in my arms. I don’t regret being induced and wish they had helped me out when I was 2 weeks over due with my first!!

    • daniela
      September 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      It is ALMOST ALWAYS like this. The first baby is ALMOST ALWAYS longer and more difficult than the second or third! it’s not that they “helped you” with the others. It’s just that the first one was the first one!

  2. Deirdre
    May 8, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I was brought in for induction 10 days after my ‘EDD’. It took 5 gels and nearly a week for it to work, not easy with a 3 year old at home! Poor thing was shuffled between grandparents as i needed hubby with me thinking something was gonna happen any minute! When it did work i ‘needed’ full intervention, breaking of waters, oxytocin, and then all the painkillers up to epidural.
    There’s no way i’m going in for it this time, which is why it’s reassuring to know it’s not the law!

  3. Kirsty
    May 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Everybody woman’s birth experience is different. Whether induced or not, labour can be plain sailing or filled with difficulties. It is wrong to suggest that induction is somehow bad for you or not advised and in some cases it simply is in the babies best interest. I was induced 1 week before my due date with my first baby and I had a very positive birth experience.

  4. Jenny
    May 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I attended the brilliant and informative talk that Sara gave to launch the new AIMS booklet on Inducing Labour last week. The slide summarises the topics she discussed during her talk. She provided the audience with balanced information, drawing on research, midwives’ experiences and women’s experiences – acknowledging that deciding to be induced can sometimes be the best decision to make, but, also, that it’s not always easy to get support for declining induction. This book provides accessible, detailed information that women need to make the right decision for them at the time, and to understand what induction might be like. As members of the audience, we were all given a copy of the book and I would highly recommend it to anyone – midwife or mother – who is interested in induction of labour. It covers the topics in the slide and much, much more – if you’re pregnant it’s one of the best £8 you’ll spend!

    • Rhonda Jennings
      May 10, 2014 at 5:57 am

      Best comment and great advice. I am a midwife and agree.

  5. May 9, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    I couldn’t agree more about the stretching and sweeping. I thought they were harmless, and maybe under some circumstances they are beneficial, but, I think women deserve to know that there is a risk of prelabor membrane rupture. It needs to be an informed decision!.

  6. liz ralston
    June 17, 2014 at 8:41 am

    i was induced with my first daughter due to being 4 days over edd, took absolutley minutes to start working buy everytime i tried to tell a nurse she scoffed and told me not to b silly.there was no break in contractions as one peaked another one was reaching the peak,was awfull as i wasnt sure if this was going to go on for hours,thankfully a student mw noticed me bearing down and pushing an hour after being induced and rushed away to get a midwife,im 36 weeks pregnant with number 2 and am very interested to see what natrual labour is like

  7. Barbara Robson
    October 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I was induced 6 weeks early as they wanted to get the baby out – my waters had broken spontaneously & back then the baby was thought to be safer out. I wanted a natural birth without painkillers, but nobody told me the oxytocin drip caused excruciating contractions. I still weep at the memory of the pain and having a very ill baby almost 30 years later. Young women today – make sure you are informed, and remember your baby’s and your own health and wellbeing is your right.

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