About this information

NICE clinical guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about inducing labour that is set out in NICE clinical guideline 70.

This is an update of advice on induction of labour that NICE produced in 2001.

Does this information apply to me?

  • Yes, if you are a pregnant woman who is having her labour induced.

  • No, if you are pregnant but have diabetes, if you are pregnant with more than 1 baby, or if you are already in labour.