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Shore Birth Obstetric Specialists

Private Service, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Maternity

Induction of Labour

Induction of labour is the process of starting labour artificially. This may be needed for either maternal or foetal reasons, such as high blood pressure, toxaemia, IUGR or if your waters have broken and you haven’t gone into labour by yourself.
There are a few different methods that may help to induce labour, including an internal examination by the midwife or doctor to insert a medication that softens the cervix (entrance to the uterus) allowing it to open, or to rupture the bag of water surrounding the foetus. Other medicine to stimulate the uterus (womb) to contract may be given intravenously.

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