At the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, around 20% of women choose to have their labours induced. Some will have a pessary called Propess inserted to kicks things off – and the great thing about Propess is that women then go home and wait for labour to start (known as ‘Outpatient Induction’) – although they are strongly advised to come back in to give birth.
According to the hospital’s figures, many of these women labour more quickly than ‘Inpatients’ – and go on to have a birth free of further intervention. The trouble with Propess is that it is currently only offered to women who are 12 days passed their due date. This means that some women who would have gone into labour spontaneously by 14 days ‘post dates’ are missing out on a natural birth because they like the idea of labouring at home for as long as possible with Propess.
The MSLC wants to see the window for Propess’s availability extended to women who are two weeks ‘overdue’ – as well as to those planning a home birth – and we’ll be raising this at our next meeting.
We would also like to capture feedback from women who have used Propess for induction. Please share your story with us in confidence – email Hannah via the ‘Contact Us’ page. Thank you !