Services available at: Lister Hospital
Induction of labour
We understand you may have many questions about the induction of labour (IOL) process and what this means for you.
What to expect during IOL:
In the video below, which is also available on our YouTube channel, specialist midwife Claire Sookun-Hull explains the induction of labour (IOL) process at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.
Patient information – Induction of Labour
Learn more about what, when and why labour is induced and the various processes available to stimulate the induction of labour through our useful patient information booklet.
In the video below, which is also available on our YouTube channel, one of our consultant obstetricians Kelly McNamee talks expecting parents through the journey of an elective caesarean section at Lister Hospital’s Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit.
Choosing a caesarean section
We support all choices of place of birth and choice of mode of birth, including requesting a caesarean when there is not a medical need.
You can talk to your community midwife or obstetrician about your birth plan at any appointment.
If choosing care options outside of guidance you will be supported through an informed decision making process with a consultant midwife through referral to a birth options appointment and/or a consultant obstetrician as appropriate.
We will listen, discuss options for compromise and offer support in your birth choice.
Vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC)
Vaginal Birth after Caesarean (VBAC) is the term used when a woman gives birth vaginally, having had a caesarean birth in the past. Vaginal birth includes birth assisted by forceps or ventouse.
If you have had a baby by caesarean, it does not necessarily mean that future babies need to be born this way.
Most women can safely have a vaginal birth known as vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC). Our maternity professionals will discuss this with you and you may need extra monitoring in labour, or be advised to have another caesarean, depending on what is the safest option for you and your baby.
Oxytocin is a natural hormone that manages key aspects of the female reproductive systems
and it is used to start or strengthen contractions to continue (augment) labour and to
control bleeding after the birth of your baby.
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