Women's experiences of induction of labour during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional survey

Fiona Cross-Sudworth*, Beck Taylor, Louisa Davidson , Laura Quinn, Joselle Wright, Ella Vitue, Sara Kenyon

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Background/Aims: Induction of labour is an increasingly common intervention. This study's aim was to explore women's experiences of induction, in particular of decision making and choice.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was carried out with women who were induced with live, term infant(s) in two urban trusts. Their experiences were assessed using a postal survey that included the birth satisfaction scale and open questions on women's experiences. Chi-squared and Fisher's exact tests were used to test for associations between aspects of the induction process and women's characteristics (age, parity, ethnic group). Qualitative data were analysed thematically.

Results: Half (52.9%) of the respondents reported waiting to start induction. The majority felt sufficiently involved in decision making (62.1%) and choice (59.6%). Most reported having enough information about the reason for (82%) and process of (83%) induction. The qualitative themes were emotional response, communication, feeling unheard, quality of care and the negative impact of COVID-19 policies.

Conclusions: Women's overall experiences were positive. Improvements should focus on reducing delays to induction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-557
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2023


  • Analgesia
  • Birth experiences
  • Decision making
  • Informed choice
  • Women's perspectives


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