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Mechanical Induction Of Labor


Mechanical induction of labor is a procedure to induce your labor before it begins on its own. Mechanical induction puts pressure on your cervix to help it soften, thin, and begin to open.


Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or obstetrician as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Waiting for labor to start:

Talk to your primary healthcare provider about what activities you are able to do at home. Make sure you know the signs of early labor and what to do if labor begins at home. Ask your primary healthcare provider or obstetrician when to call if labor does not begin.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or obstetrician if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your water breaks or you have clear fluid leaking out of your vagina.
  • You have discomfort in your abdominal or vaginal area that does not go away.
  • You have questions about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You suddenly have trouble breathing.
  • Your lips or nails turn blue.
  • Your heart is beating faster than normal.
  • You have new or increased bleeding from your vagina.
  • You have white or yellow vaginal drainage.
  • You have 4 or more contractions in 30 minutes.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.