Mechanical Methods for Induction of Labour

Publication Date: October 5, 2022
Last Updated: October 25, 2022


Balloon catheter is recommended for induction of labour (low-certainty evidence).
  • There are multiple induction methods, both pharmacologic and mechanical. The choice of induction method should be discussed in the context of antenatal care, and taking into consideration the values and preferences of the woman; the potential for fetal risks; and the availability and accessibility of the different methods in the particular setting.
  • As an induction method, the use of a balloon catheter for induction of labour may be particularly useful in situations where it would be beneficial to avoid uterine hyperstimulation, or when the use of prostaglandins is contraindicated.



Mechanical Methods for Induction of Labour

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