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Induction of labour (NICE clinical guideline 70)

Published: 08/07/2008

This guideline was produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Women’s and Children’s Health (NCC-WCH) on behalf of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Induction of labour can place more strain on labour wards than spontaneous labour. Traditionally, induction is carried out during the daytime when labour wards are often already busy. This updated guideline reviews the policy and methods of induction, and the care to be offered to women being offered and having induction of labour.