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What is induction of labour?

When is labour induced?

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An induction of labour is a process, when your doctor or midwife chooses to start your labour before it happens naturally on its own. 

There are many reasons why you may need to have your labour induced.  The most common reason is that you are still pregnant and your cervix is not ready for labour.  Usually around 40-41 weeks of pregnancy your doctor or midwife will talk to you about the possibility of a labour induction.

Sometimes you may be experiencing complications already during pregnancy, such as high blood pressure (preeclampsia, eclampsia), gestational diabetes, issues with the placenta or problems with amniotic fluid (low volume or infection).

These reasons can make it risky to continue the pregnancy, therefore it is better for you to deliver your baby rather than wait for the labour to start spontaneously. 

Your doctor or midwife will discuss this with you and whether you will require a labour induction.

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