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Women's experiences of 'outpatient' induction of labour



Staff, Students

The Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research at the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes you to our next research seminar.

Rates of induction of labour are increasing worldwide, and approximately one quarter to one third of women experience the procedure. There is no definitive evidence to suggest a ‘best’ method of induction for clinical and safety outcomes, and there is growing interest in the safety and effectiveness of outpatient induction of labour, where a woman receives the first induction of labour treatment at a hospital and then returns home. However, research about women’s views of methods and settings of induction of labour is sparse. We aimed to explore women’s experiences of induction of labour as part of a feasibility-randomised controlled trial investigating the acceptability of outpatient induction of labour. Women were randomised to receive a standard prostaglandin pessary or a double balloon catheter which is less widely used in the UK. This talk will discuss the findings from semi-structured interviews that took place with women recruited to the trial which was conducted in south east England. Key findings include women’s understandings and experiences of the stages of the induction of labour process and how they tried to maintain control of a procedure which was managed by medical professionals. Women’s positive and negative views about the home and hospital in the context of induction of labour will also be discussed.

Dr Coates will also discuss some of the other work to come out of this project, and some of the challenges related to the design and conduct of a randomised controlled trial to study induction of labour.

Presenter: Dr Rose Coates

A light lunch with refreshments will be available. For further information please contact Verity Sullivan (

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When and where

12.30pm - 2.00pmMonday 21st October 2019

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom