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Induction Preparation

Induction Preparation can be essential, even if you have attended antenatal classes because it helps to focus what you know on medical induction. Induction can be straight-forward and it can also take some time. It is medical from the outset – very different from a spontaneous labour where you will spend some time at home – so it can be useful to know more of what to expect, to know more about your options and how to boost an induced labour. Induction preparation can make a huge difference so you know more about: the hospital induction facilities what can boost an induction what you can do to feel more comfortable putting yourself at the centre of your care, saying what you need to do using positions and movement for comfort and help your baby to move into a better position for labour and birth using your breathing so you can be calm and focused, as well as more relaxed – which is crucial for induction Induction feature as part of my antenatal course and 1:1 …

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10 essentials for Induction Preparation

Induction Preparation can make a huge difference because it means you can be more aware of what the reality of induction could mean for you, what your options may be and how you can work with your contractions. Read through these induction preparation steps and make a note of questions so you can think about what would be useful for. It can be helpful to know more about the induction process so you know more about what to expect and what your options are. Ask questions so you have more of an understanding of what it involve. Induction can change your options so it can help to know more about this in advance so you don’t have any unexpected surprises on the day. So you are informed, comfortable and calm. Listen to your instincts and go with what you need. Induction doesn’t mean being on a bed – you can still use positions and have gravity to be as comfortable as possible and to do what feels right with your contractions. Knowing how to use …

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Induction Checklist

An induction checklist can help you remember the simple things that could make a huge difference to how well your induction works as well as how comfortable and prepared you are. All of these help to put you at the centre of it all – to focus on what you might need to be more comfortable and to give your body what it needs to work and help labour progress. Do you understand what is happening? Do you need more information or reassurance about why you are being induced, about the induction process or about what to expect at the hospital? Pack well Your labour needs to start in hospital and this process can take a while – pack items to keep you distracted, entertained, relaxed and comfortable. Make the space yours Whether you are in a private room or a shared induction bay, make your space comfortable for you so you can feel relaxed, comfortable and secure. You don’t have to stay on the bed – you can wander, use your birth ball, a …

Being induced on your own…

Current lockdown restrictions mean that some maternity units have had to restrict birth partners in shared induction suites. Understandably this is causing anxiety and upset for women who are due to be induced within the lockdown. Birth partners will be admitted into maternity units once labour is established and their partner is in a private birth room. If you are being induced on your own, here’s a few strategies for staying calm and managing this time on your own because there might be a lot of waiting if you are starting with pessaries… Take everything you might need in with you:*snacks*birth ball*pillow*blanket/scarf*photos*phone/tablet & charger to watch/listen to something*headphones*book/magazines*your birth bags There can be a lot of waiting when being induced with the pessaries so it can help to be occupied and to relax as much as possible. Sit on your ball, relax on the bed and read, watch, listen to something to help you switch off. Headphones can be crucial in a shared space so you are not affected by the noise from other women. …

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12 ways to make a difference to your induction of labour

Induction tips are essential because they encourage you to focus on and think about what could make a difference to you. Induction needs to be prepared for in a slightly different way to a spontaneous labour, as there a few different things to consider and your options may change. Induction can be needed for a number of reasons: for conditions such as gestational diabetes or obstetric cholestasis or because a baby becomes ‘overdue’. Induction currently sits at about 32% so its a common intervention which can be controversial and which women do choose to decline depending on why it is suggested. I work with a lot of new mums so conversation about birth is frequent – induction can work well for some women, their body just needs a little encouragement to get going but, for others, it is a slog, trying to convince their body to do something it just isn’t quite ready for. Using these induction tips… The reality is that induction can be a tough process but knowing what to expect and how …