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.

40 Reasons To Go the Full 40 (PDF): The national professional group for maternity nurses urges women to wait for labor to begin on its own, whenever possible.

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. How do the hospitals in your area compare?


Videos about Induction of Labor

Healthy Birth Your Way: Let Labor Begin on Its Own: A video from Mother's Advocate and Lamaze International 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


Resources for a Long and Possibly Difficult Labor

The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth by Penny Simkin, a pregnancy book

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The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions (3rd edition, 2008), by Penny Simkin.

Wise resource to help your spouse/partner, friend or another companion give you the special and powerful gift of continuous support as you give birth. Includes many labor "comfort measures" and strategies for difficult labors that can make all the difference for you.

Learn more about The Birth Partner from Amazon Buy The Birth Partner, a pregnancy book

The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia, a pregnancy book

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The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia (2011), by Penny Simkin, Ruth Ancheta, Suzy Myers and Shanna dela Cruz.

Pocket handbook providing practical advice on the prevention and treatment of dysfunctional labor. For nurses and midwives. Key features include: evidence-based strategies, rationales for techniques, and clear illustrations. Bulleted-outline format.

Learn more about The Labor Progress Handbook from Amazon Buy The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia, a pregnancy book


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