An induction of labour is one that's been started artificially, it's fairly common and each year 1 in 5 labours are induced in the UK.
Sometimes labour can be induced if your baby is overdue or there's any sort of risk to you or your baby's health. The risk could be if you have a health condition such as high blood pressure or your baby isn't growing.
Inductions will usually be planned in advance and you'll be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages with your doctor or midwife for why your labour should be induced.
For more information please see our induction of labour leaflet.
If you have any concerns please don't hesitate to contact our maternity helpline: