Why Induction Matters

Available in Print, eBook and Audiobook

This book is for women who are trying to make decisions about induction; or who have already decided to have an induction. It is also a great resource for those who support those women – midwives, doulas and obstetricians.

The book includes a decision making framework that can be worked through when considering whether induction is the right option for an individual/situation. It also includes a chapter on creating a birth plan for a positive induction experience.

Women’s experiences are included throughout, alongside research and clinical guidelines.


  1. Making decisions about induction: an overview of decision-making and evaluating risk; and a decision-making framework for readers to work through – directing them to relevant sections of the book and posing questions to consider.
  2. Complications of pregnancy: individual complications are discussed in relation to induction (eg. pre-eclampsia, growth restricted baby, diabetes, etc.).
  3. Variations of pregnancy: individual variations are discussed in relation to induction (eg. post-dates, advanced maternal age, suspected big baby, etc.)
  4. Spontaneous labour: this short chapter provides the basis for discussing how induction differs to spontaneous labour in the next chapters.
  5. Medical Induction: ripening of the cervix and breaking the waters: an explanation of what happens during this phase of induction and what it feels like from the woman’s perspective.
  6. Medical Induction: inducing contractions: an explanation of what happens when syntocinon (pitocin) is used to create contractions and what it feels like from the woman’s perspective.
  7. Alternative methods of induction: an A to Z overview of alternative methods of induction and their efficacy; and women’s experiences of these methods.
  8. Creating a birth plan for a medical induction: this chapter is for women who are planning to have their labour induced. It includes a comprehensive list of options and things to consider, and includes tips and advice from women who have had inductions.

Interviews about the book

Pregnancy Birth and Beyond Podcast – Induction Matters with Rachel Reed

Sprogcast Podcast – Induction Matters

Prenatal Yoga Center Podcast – Induction with Dr Rachel Reed

Psychology Today – Why Induction Matters – to One in Three Pregnant Women

The Positive Birth Movement – Why Induction Matters: An Interview With Rachel Reed

Book Reviews

Australian Midwifery News – Book Review: Why Induction Matters

The essential guide that all pregnant women should read when considering induction of labour, and what all midwives and doctors should be giving to women when offering induction of labour… The author uses clear, easy-to-understand language, but goes into enough depth for midwives to learn something new as well.

For each issue discussed… women’s stories in their own words are included at the end to bring the reader back to the human experience. The viewpoints are varied, including women who have had a positive, neutral and negative experience of the same issue. This provides a balanced, non-judgemental tone to the book…

Every midwife who cares for women in the antenatal and intrapartum period should have this in his/her toolkit. It really is a great resource to share with women. It could facilitate a two-way conversation between a woman and her midwife, to empower her to come to an informed decision about whether or not to have their labour induced.

Hilary Rorison, Midwifery Advisor, Professional Practice Unit, Australian College of Midwives

Science & Sensibility – Book Review: Dr Rachel Reed’s ‘Why Induction Matters’

Why Induction Matters might be a compact read (it’s only just over 150 pages, excluding the reference section), but it packs a punch and is full of the latest, evidence-based research related to induction of labor. It is a fantastic and worthwhile addition to any Lamaze educator’s reference library and an equally great book to recommend to your clients, students, or to have as part of your lending library

Tanya Strusberg LCCE, FACCE, Lamaze International

Reader reviews

Good Reads

I’m part-way through (thanks @pinterandmartin): what a lovely, clear, interesting, important and thought provoking read so far. But I mainly want to thank you for your written style: your writing comes across to me as wonderfully accessible, friendly and supportive. Thank you! – Jo Dagustun

My book arrived today and I read it in two hours, front to back. I am a student CNM and currently working on a project to write new guidelines around Shared-Decision Making with IOLs, particularly for ‘post dates’. This book was phenomenal. You did a great job at condensing all the research and making the information user-friends. Thank you! – Regan Rae

Don’t be fooled. This book is like the TARDIS. It’s tiny so I expected that it would provide a brief overview of some key points. I don’t know how she did it, but Rachel has managed to pack a lot of details in here, without compromising the readability of the book. It’s designed for pregnant women but would also be a good guide for any maternity professional who wants to know how to have respectful, evidence informed conversations and support women’s decision making. – Kirsten Small

I’m reading your “Why Induction Matters” book to prep for my ‘unexpected outcomes’ program for childbirth classes. It is one of the best midwifery books I’ve ever read. It is such a brilliant resource to explain stats and ‘risks’. Thank you so much for writing this. – Robyn Fowler

I love your book. You wrote it in such a way that I can easily find any information I need quickly to help out the moms who come to me looking to avoid induction. We have such a lack of informed consent in my community and its frustrating. Please keep writing. You’re doing great work educating people and it’s so very much needed. – Carly Bonderud

Fantastic discussion about a woman’s rights and choice of induction. Great read for pregnant mothers and families with time during the antenatal period. Highly recommend to maternity health professionals to provide simplified non jargon explanations of reasons for and against inductions. – Beth

Dr Rachel Reed