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Capital & Coast DHB Women's Health Obstetrics & Maternity Service

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Induction of Labour

Induction of labour is the process of starting labour artificially. For example:
  • Your pregnancy is prolonged (over 41 weeks)
  • Your baby is small and/or growing slowly
  • You have diabetes 
  • Your membranes have ruptured but labour has not begun
  • You have a condition which threatens the health of you or your baby (e.g. high blood pressure or kidney disease)
There are a few different methods that may help to induce labour, including an internal examination by the midwife or doctor, medication that softens the cervix (entrance to the uterus) allowing it to open, or other medicine that stimulates the uterus (womb) to contract.

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