Blog, Induction, Labour and Birth

Overdue = Induction of labour?!?

A main concern for all expectant mothers is the estimated due date.

Anything said here is NOT medical advice. If you have any concerns about yourself or your baby, please speak to your doctor or midwife.

Only about 5% of all babies in the UK are born on their “due date” (NCT, 2012). A normal pregnancy in the UK lasts between 37 and 42 weeks. About 80% of babies are born within this 5-week period aka ‘term’. Leaves about 15% of babies either being born pre-term or post-term. The risk of stillbirth increases after 42 weeks of pregnancy but is still very small (Dhanjal MK & Gulmesoglu AM). This small increased risk is the reason for the NICE recommendation to consider induction of labour. As long as mother and baby are well, an induction may not be necessary. However, there are some medical conditions e.g. pre-eclampsia that may make a induction necessary. Mothers should listen to their midwife’s advice but at the same time, as long as mother and baby are doing well ask further questions. Induction as well as other interventions are very important methods of baby and mother rescue and a lot of lives have been saved because of them.

Anything said here is NOT medical advice. If you have any concerns about yourself or your baby, please speak to your doctor or midwife.