Hull Maternity Services

What is Induction of Labour?

In most pregnancies labour starts naturally between 37–42 weeks and is called 'spontaneous labour'. Induction of labour (IOL) is a process used to encourage labour to start artificially. In order for a baby to be born the cervix (the neck or opening to the womb) has to shorten, soften and open. Your appointments in the IOL clinic aim to ripen your cervix in this way.