This quality standard covers the induction of labour in hospital outpatient or inpatient settings. It includes advice and care for pregnant women who are considering or having induction of labour. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover the induction of labour for women with diabetes or multiple pregnancies, or augmentation (acceleration) of established labour. NICE has published quality standards on diabetes in pregnancy and multiple pregnancy.

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