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 LaborHealthy 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
Most recent page update: 6/9/2014
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