Inductions Of Labour

Updated: Aug 8, 2019


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

Prostaglandins is a medicated gel or pessary that is used to ripened 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 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.


Oxytocin/Syntocinon

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)

- pumping

- dates

- raspberry leaf tea (used to tone the uterus muscles)

- acupuncture/pressure points

- sex

- 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


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