Cross sectional survey to explore the process of care during induction of labour in a sample of units in the UK.
The numbers of women undergoing induction of labour (IOL) is steadily increasing with current estimates suggesting that overall 33% of women in England underwent induction of labour in 2019 to 2020 increasing from 20% of all births in 2007 to 2008. The increasing number of women undergoing IOL presents an escalating logistical problem for maternity services. This survey is part of work being undertaken by the Maternity Theme of the ARC WM to explore the nature and extent of the logistical problems present in the process of IOL in clinical practice. It will be undertaken through the UK Audit and Research Collaborative in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (UKARCOG) established in 2014. It is a network of trainee / junior doctors that work jointly on large audit and research projects in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology throughout the UK. The survey will be completed by maternity units who agree to take part during September 2021.