An induced labour, also called an induction or Induction of Labour (IOL), is a process where labour is started artificially. A maternity care provider, either a midwife or obstetrician, uses techniques to mechanically dilate the cervix, break the membranes (waters) or start the contractions. Often, an induction is a combination of two or more of these procedures.
There’s a lot of information about the importance of parents bonding with their baby and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Try not to worry if you don’t feel as close to your young baby as you’d like to. Most parents find that with time and a few gentle tips, a close bond happens without trying too much.
Some new parents find the idea of visitors a welcome distraction from their day. Others find the concept more than a little overwhelming. Wherever you sit on the spectrum of enjoying the company of others, you can be forgiven for becoming a little less social after having your baby.
Humans are social beings and for women particularly, connecting with others after giving birth is really important. New mothers especially, benefit from the emotional support they gather from other mothers who are going through similar experiences. You’ll find you share a common currency, e.g., your babies, which will help you to find other ways to connect with parents.