Skip to Content

My rate of booking induction of labour is about 10%, but about half of these women end up going into spontaneous labour before the booked date, so my actual induction rate is about 5%.

I will discuss induction of labour when the risk to the baby and/or mother of continued pregnancy is higher than the risk of delivery, including the risk of the method used to induce labour. The most common reason is when the pregnancy has gone more than 41 weeks. There is clear evidence that in this circumstance, the chance of the baby dying before birth is significantly less (about 1/3,000 versus 1/300) if labour is induced rather than waiting. However, the absolute risk is small, and it remains the mother’s decision. Many women prefer to have labour induced in any case. Other reasons I might suggest induction of labour include spontaneous rupture of the membranes (especially if you carry Group B strep) and diabetes in pregnancy (including gestational diabetes).