About half of all pregnant women go past their due date. If you haven’t had your baby by 41 weeks, you’ll have more frequent checks to make sure your baby is healthy. Your doctor, obstetrician or midwife will talk about your options for birthing your baby, including induction of labour. You can read more about overdue babies.
Getting to the hospital or birth centre
You’ll need to get yourself to the hospital or birth centre to have your baby, unless you’ve planned a homebirth. It’s a good idea to plan:
- how you’re going to get there – for example, by car or taxi
- your route
- driving and parking arrangements – where you’ll park, cost of parking, and whether there’s enough petrol in the car
- which entrance to go to (especially at night, as it might be different from the daytime entrance)
- who’ll look after your other children, if you have any.
If your labour is happening fast or you’re concerned about your health or your baby’s, call an ambulance by dialling 000. If you don’t have ambulance membership, you will be charged for the trip.
It’s important for you to feel that you have all the information you need to make decisions that concern you and your baby’s health. It’s OK to ask:
- why the doctors and midwives think you need an induction
- how an induction will affect you and your baby – the risks and benefits
- what could happen if your baby isn’t induced and you wait for labour to start naturally.