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Why might I be advised to have Induction of Labour (IOL)?

Over 1 in 3 women at St George’s will have an induction of labour. Some of the reasons that the midwives or doctors might offer or recommend an IOL include:

  • Your pregnancy has lasted over 41 weeks.
  • Your waters have broken, but your labour has not started within 24 hours. (There is a very slight increase in risk of infection after 24 hours, so we offer induction and regularly check your temperature during the induction process giving antibiotics if indicated.)
  •  Your baby is not growing as it supposed to or is showing other signs of not doing well inside the womb.
  • You have a medical condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • You are over 40 years old.

The midwives and doctors will explain why they are recommending an Induction of Labour and you will be given an opportunity to ask questions. It is always your decision to have an Induction of Labour and if you choose not to have one, your midwife or doctor will make a different plan with you and explain your options.

Where can I find more information? 

Our information leaflet about the process of Induction is available here: MAT_IOL_01.pdf

Further general information about induction can be found in the following places:

NHS: Inducing labour 

Tommy’s Charity: Inducing labour

If you have any questions, please speak to your midwife.

We are currently developing more information about Induction of Labour at St George’s, which will be added to this site.