The Patient Information Forum's new report highlights that many women feel disempowered due to lack of information.
A survey of more than 2,000 women in the UK has found many lacked enough information to make an informed decision about induction of labour.
One in three pregnancies are induced in Great Britain and new NICE guidelines on induction acknowledge that rates may continue to rise.
In August 2021, the Patient Information Forum (PIF) (this link will take you away from our website) conducted an online survey into women’s experiences of being induced in collaboration with maternity charities including Tommy’s, Bliss and Birthrights.
In less than a fortnight, 2,325 women responded, providing more than 6,300 free text comments. The sobering results show that there is much to do to put personalised care and shared decision making into practice in maternity care.
Key findings include:
- Women ranked fear of induction as their second biggest birth concern, second only to the fear that something might happen to their baby
- Two-fifths felt the information they were given about induction was not detailed enough
- More than half only received verbal information
- Two-thirds were not given enough detail on risks and benefits to make an informed decision
- Two thirds of the survey respondents reported that they didn’t have supportive conversations with HCPs
The full report, including comments from women, can be found online at pifonline.org.uk/resources/publications/maternity-decisions (this link will take you away from our website).