Women all around the world have their labour induced for many reasons. The most common is for medical reasons (for example pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes) or because the Mum is overdue. So here we are to give you some facts about an induction birth.
Transcervical Foley Catheter
A long thin tube that has a balloon tip that can be inflated/deflated. The tube is slid through the vaginal past the cervix and inflated to apply pressure to the cervix to assist in dilation.
Prostaglandins is a medicated gel or pessary that is used to ripen the cervix. There are a few reasons that prevent some women from having this type of induction including but not limited to any surgery involving the uterus, 5 or more babies, abnormal CTG, sensitivity to the medication and conditions which would eliminate a vaginal delivery.
Artificial Rupture of Membranes
A surgical rupture of the amniotic sac. Some women then naturally develop contractions and others need the assistance of oxytocin.
Synthetic forms of oxytocin to induce contractions given as an infusion over a period of time. Your waters must be broken to use oxytocin induction.
Method's safe at home (AFTER 37 WEEKS)
- raspberry leaf tea (used to tone the uterus muscles)
- acupuncture/pressure points
- clary sage oil
Risks of Inductions
Failed induction - the body not able to establish active labour or the failure to progress in active labour
Uterine Hyperstimulation - when the uterus is contracting constantly
Cord Prolapse - when the umbilical cord exits through the vagina before baby
Uterine Rupture - a tear of the uterus. It is life threatening to both mother and baby