Resources for Induction of Labor
Childbirth Connection's Pregnancy Topic on Induction of Labor
Resources for Learning More about Induction of Labor
Healthy Birth Your Way: Let Labor Begin on its Own (PDF): 2-page fact sheet from Mother's Advocate based on Lamaze International's Healthy Birth Practice Papers.
Tips for Keeping You Birth as Healthy and Safe as Possible if Induction of Labor is Necessary (PDF): fact-sheet from Mother's Advocate and Lamaze International
Induction of Labour: Understanding the NICE Guidance (PDF): A plain-language summary of the United Kingdom national recommendations regarding induction of labor.
Induction: Do I really need it?: Booklet available for purchase from Association for Improvements in Maternity Services (UK). Choose "Publications" from the web menu and scroll to induction booklet. Also available for purchase on the Kindle from Amazon.
Hospital Rates of Early Elective Delivery: Compiled by the Leapfrog Group, an organization representing employers working to improve the quality and value of health care.
WomensHealth.gov Estimated Due Date Calculator: Find out when your baby is due.
Videos about Induction of Labor
Healthy Birth Your Way: Let Labor Begin on Its Own: A video from Mother's Advocate showing real women in spontaneous and induced labor.
RISK: Consequences of Near Term Birth: Two mothers of babies born near term (between 34-37 weeks) discuss the risks and medical experts discuss the importance for avoiding elective deliveries near term. Produced in partnership with the Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network.
Maverick: On the importance of the "Eliminating Elective Deliveries Under 39 Weeks Gestation" Initiative: A mother tells her story of an unnecessary elective delivery that resulted in serious consequences for her infant.
Lamaze International Healthy Birth Practice #1: Let Labor Begin On Its Own: A summary of the evidence for letting labor begin on its own
Podcasts about Induction of Labor
Induction of Labour: UK midwife Sara Wickham reviews five journal articles about induction of labor. This is intended for caregivers and medical/midwifery students but is appropriate for members of the general public who have a moderate understanding of scientific studies.
Resources for a Long and Possibly Difficult Labor
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