Why Induction Matters: book release

Updated: July 2019

My book Why Induction Matters  is now available from all the usual retailers: Amazon; Book Depository; Booktopia; Capers Bookstore; Wordery

Why_Induction_Matters_-_Pinter___Martin_PublishersAround 1 in 4 women have their labour induced (1 in 3 in the UK and Australia). 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 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 for you. It also includes a chapter on creating a birth plan for a positive induction experience.

A ‘panel of experts’ (women with experience of deciding about induction and/or having an induction), contributed to the development and content of the book. This allowed me to include women’s experiences throughout, alongside research and clinical guidelines. I am immensely grateful to these wonderful women for their words of wisdom.


  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.

More information about the book and induction



Lamaze International – 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, Lamaze International

Australian Midwifery News – Why induction matters – book review

“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, Australian Midwifery News

MidwifeThinking blog posts related to induction:

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Doctor of (Birth) Philosophy • Author • Educator • Researcher
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25 Responses to Why Induction Matters: book release

  1. Fabulous! Looking forward to reviewing my copy for bellabirth.org

  2. Chana Luba Ertel (Maternal Wisdom) says:


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  3. Jan Tritten says:

    I would love to review it for Midwifery Today. Can you have the publisher send us a book?

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  4. Niki says:

    how wonderful — just ordered! thank you 🙂

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  6. jackeyer says:

    Ordered! Congrats on publishing, Rachel Reed. Exciting!!

  7. Paula Billing says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this. Pre ordered it today x

  8. Jane says:

    Please please read Dr Michael Odent book “Childbirth and The Future of Homo Sapien”. It gives detailed precise and documentary evidence that induction is WRONG. Even an early C Section is better than induction.
    For over 40 years i have been against this ridiculous state of affairs now I have the proof in this book of my own passionate feelings that interference is so wrong. Please go back to nature and do not think the medical profession knows everything. They don’t. Interference simply due to a date is ridiculous and causes much stress to pregnant women when they should be giving confidence and empowerment in themselves. The best practice a midwife can do is knitting…to stand by and give confidence not take over a woman’s rights to give birth how her own body tells her.This practice must stop or the human race will not continue and women will be deprived of the ability to give birth. Please if you dont believe me read this book.

  9. Exactly what’s needed

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  11. Tamsyn says:

    Is your book available as a digital download? I think a digital version would be wonderful as immediate access could help those having to make a decision regarding induction within a short time frame.

  12. itsmaz says:

    Hi Rachel, do you have any copies of reviews people have written on your book? I’m putting a poster together for the WHA conference next week and I want everyone to know about how good your book is. Hope that’s ok?

    • There are a few reviews by organisations in the pipeline. And goodreads has a ratings and a review. I haven’t asked people for official reviews… although I’ve had some nice informal feedback. 🙂

  13. Devastatingly healthy says:

    Have you seen any research on induction recommendation by 40 week for VCI but otherwise very healthy pregnancy and baby. 38 weeks, passed all the standard pregnancy screening tests, was planning for a physiological birth.

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