What is induction of labor?

Induction of labor refers to the use of medications or other methods to induce, or cause, labor. This practice is used to make contractions start so that delivery can occur.1


  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2012). FAQ: Labor induction. Retrieved February 20, 2017, from https://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Labor-Induction external link
  2. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2009). ACOG issues revision of labor induction guidelines. Retrieved February 20, 2017, from http://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2009/ACOG-Issues-Revision-of-Labor-Induction-Guidelines
  3. American College of Nurse-Midwives. (2016). Position statement: Induction of labor. Retrieved February 17, 2017, from http://www.midwife.org/ACNM/files/ACNMLibraryData/UPLOADFILENAME/000000000235/Induction-of-Labor-2016.pdf external link (PDF 270 KB)
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