Induction of Labour

Induction of Labour

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Induction of Labour – patient information to assist informed consent

This patient education pamphlet provides treatment information on the medical procedures to induce labour, referred to as “induction of labour” (IOL). Some indications for IOL are listed, including: the mother has a health condition such as hypertension or diabetes, the pregnancy is seven or more days past the due date, and chorioamnionitis. 

This pamphlet can be a useful tool for pregnant women as the induction methods are described in detail. These methods include: prostaglandin, stripping of membranes, artificial rupture of membranes (ARM, or amniotomy), oxytocin, and use of a balloon catheter. The possible complications of each induction method are also discussed.

Induction of labour is described in plain English to assist the patients’ understanding of health information and to help patients make informed decisions. The Obstetrics and Gynaecology patient information leaflets are printed in five-colour on high-quality A4 sheets.