with your labour induction
Dilapan-S® Gentle. Predictable.
What is labour induction?
In most pregnancies, labour will start naturally between 37 and 42 weeks of pregnancy. Under normal circumstances, your cervix softens and starts to open, you’ll get contractions or your water may break.
Nevertheless, in some situations your labour may need to be started artificially. This is called induced labour, or labour induction. It may involve mechanically softening and opening your cervix, breaking your waters, or using medicine to start off your contractions.
Do not worry, it is nothing so uncommon! Nowadays, approximately 25% of all pregnancies need to be induced.
Why might I need to be induced?
You will be offered induced labour if your clinicians decide that you and your baby might benefit from delivering sooner rather than later. Labour induction can also be performed for matters of convenience or preference, in such case it’s called an elective labour induction.
The most common reasons for labour induction
- POST TERM PREGNANCYYour pregnancy is prolonged beyond 42 weeks with possible risk to the baby from a gradual decrease in the supply of nutrients from the placenta.
- PREMATURE RUPTURE OF MEMBRANESIf your water has broken and contractions have not started on their own within 24 hours, you and your baby may be at an increased risk of infection.
- FETAL GROWTH RESTRICTIONThe estimated weight of your baby is less than 90 percent of what is expected for the gestational age.
- OLIGOHYDRAMNIOSThere's not enough water surrounding your baby.
- GESTATIONAL DIABETESYou have diabetes that develops during pregnancy.
- HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DURING PREGNANCYHigh blood pressure can cause complications during pregnancy but if controlled well, induction of labour is not always necessary. You can hear your clinician saying you have a high blood pressure problem called preeclampsia, which is a serious disorder, characterized by high blood pressure and other signs that a women’s organ systems are not working normally. Preeclampsia is often a cause for induction of labour.
- OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONSYou have a medical condition such as kidney disease or obesity.
The hospital recommendations will be followed by your clinician to determine if and when the elective labour induction is okay for you and your baby.
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What is Dilapan-S®
Dilapan-S® is an osmotic dilator, produced from a patented hydrogel, that absorbs fluid from your cervical canal and therefore increases in volume. This helps your cervix to soften, open and get ready for your labour in a gentle and natural way.
The solely mechanical dilation allows safe, predictable and efficient preparation of your cervix for the labour.
Dilapan-S® does not contain any pharmacological substances. Hence its use is free of artificial uterine contractions, that are not suitable at this stage of labour.
Dilapan-S® rods are supplied sterile. The device is manufactured in an ISO 13485 Certified facility and is CE Certified under the Medical Device Directive (93/42/EEC). Approved by FDA for sale in the United States.
How does DILAPAN-S® work?
Dilapan-S® is a synthetic rod made of patented hydrogel, which absorbs the fluid from your cervical tissue.
The thin 4 mm rod can expand up to 15 mm over a 12–24 hours period. This allows it to dilate and soften the cervix gradually. Usually a set of 3–5 rods is used to ripen your cervix sufficiently and make you ready for your labour.
Main benefits of Dilapan-S®
Very low risk of uterine hyperstimulation for mother and very low risk of fetal heart changes for baby
Sleep, relax, take a shower – like a normal day for you
One time application is usually sufficient for your natural labour to start
How does Dilapan–S® work?
Please watch a short video, introducing Dilapan-S® − synthetic osmotic dilator for induction of labour.
Ask your doctor about Dilapan-S®
Interested in Dilapan-S®? Download a leaflet with product information and show it to your doctor!