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Induction During Labour and Birth


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If you're past your due date, your healthcare provider may recommend induction – a process to start labour before it begins on its own.

Induction is also considered when the mother has an illness such as heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, or if the baby is not growing well. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of being induced or waiting for labour to start on its own. Induction can be performed by:

Did you know? The amniotic sac is the membrane inside the uterus that holds the fetus and amniotic fluid.

  • breaking the amniotic sac around the baby
  • placing gel or a suppository into the vagina
  • giving medication by IV to start contractions

While some women plan for a completely natural labour and birth, sometimes medical interventions are necessary. It's important that even if you have a birth plan, it might not always be possible to have your birth wishes  followed.  Labour and birth can be unpredictable and plans may change. You may wish to discuss this with your healthcare provider ahead of time.

Resources & Links: 

HealthLink BC: Labor and Delivery
HealthLink BC: Labour Induction and Augmentation


Last Updated: August 6, 2013