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Induction Methods – Prostaglandin Gels

A synthetic version of prostaglandin hormones is inserted into your vagina either as tablets, gels, suppositories or pessaries.

You will need to remain in hospital for this and once inserted it is recommended that you lie down for at least 30 minutes so the gel can stimulate the cervix.

The dose, number of doses and time between doses may vary considerably. If repeat doses are necessary this is usually given every six to eight hours. The suppository slowly releases the prostaglandins over 12 to 24 hours.

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The prostaglandins allow your cervix to soften and open, however it may not be enough to get your contractions going on their own, in which case you will need extra help usually with the synthetic oxytocin drug (Syntocinon or Pitocin).

If you have had a previous caesarean birth, it is contraindicated for you to have prostaglandins and a balloon catheter will be used instead.

Prostaglandin Benefits


Prostaglandin Risks


Prostaglandin Severe Risks


Here are the RANZCOG Guidelines for a medical induction of labour in Australia and New Zealand.




Stretch & Sweep – CLICK HERE

Balloon Catheter (Foley’s or Cook’s) – CLICK HERE

Artificial Rupture of Membranes (AROM) – CLICK HERE

Synthetic Oxytocin (Syntocinon) – CLICK HERE


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    About Vicki Hobbs

    My name is Vicki Hobbs and I am a Childbirth Educator (Back to Basics Birthing), Hypnobirthing Practitioner, Certified VBAC Educator, Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Placenta Encapsulator, Hypnotherapist, Aromatherapist, Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach.

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