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Induction of Labour

Induction of Labour - What is it for

What is induction of labour?
Labour is a natural process that usually starts on its own. While the majority of pregnant women go into spontaneous labour, some women may require artificial help to kick-start the labour process. This is known as “Induction of labour”, and the main intention is to achieve vaginal delivery.

Why do you need an induction?
Induction of labour is usually performed for various medical or obstetrics reasons. The most common reasons for induction are:

  • Maternal medical conditions like Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) or Hypertension (which may affect either yourself or your baby).
  • Conditions where the fetus is at risk, like growth restriction or fetal abnormalities.
  • An overdue pregnancy.

Methods of induction
Before deciding on the method of induction, your doctor will perform a vaginal examination to assess the cervix.

Your doctor will recommend one of the following methods of induction based on his/her assessment:
Membrane sweep
Membrane sweeping increases the likelihood of labour starting naturally within the next 48 hours. This involves a vaginal examination during which a gloved finger is used to make a circular sweeping movement around the cervix to separate the membranes from the cervix. This stimulates the cervix to release labour-inducing hormones (prostaglandins), which are naturally produced by the body. This may be performed before the actual induction of labour is commenced. The examination may cause some discomfort and a small amount of bleeding (a show), but this will not harm your baby.

Insertion of CERVADIL® vaginal pessary
CERVADIL® is a form of prostaglandin which helps to soften your cervix. CERVADIL® will be inserted into the vagina in the form of a pessary that releases prostaglandin over 24 hours. It is a single dose a