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Plan for tomorrow today.

What will happen on
MY induction day?

Getting ready for your
big day

When you first found out you were pregnant, the last
thing on your mind was probably induction. Is it OK to
be nervous? Of course. It’s completely normal. All of
this may be very new to you, and that can present
some uncertainty. But know this: Inductions happen.
More frequently than you may imagine, too.

1 in 4 women are induced 1 IN 4 WOMEN ARE INDUCED
To help you prepare for induction day, we’ve put together a guide that outlines what your experience may look like. Read on to see what to expect as your special day approaches.
Step1 Prep

Your induction may take some
time. To help get you ready for
delivery, CERVIDIL may be used.

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It's go time
for the cervix.

Induction starts with
preparing the cervix

Labor induction is actually a 2-step
process. The first step is called
pre-labor and involves your cervix.

2-Step Process

In order for delivery to happen, your cervix needs
to open (dilate), soften, and thin out. The medical
term for this process is cervical ripening.


Go, Team, Go!


Whether it’s your spouse or partner, mom
or dad, sibling, or friend that’s by your
side, be sure to let them know how they
can help you throughout the day.

  • Talk with your doctor about the guest policy
  • Decide who you want by your side
  • Let your pep squad know so they can plan

If your cervix does not soften, thin,
and dilate on its own, CERVIDIL
may be used to assist you. It can
help get you ready for labor by
mimicking the natural process your
body uses to prepare the cervix.

learn more about induction
and cervical dilation
Step2 Administration

The Waiting Game

Once CERVIDIL has been administered,
it releases medication for 12 hours.

During this time, you can relax and let
the medicine do its job.

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Toilet As you are on bed rest for 2 hours post
CERVIDIL being inserted, you should
use the restroom before the process
begins. If you need to use the restroom
after administration, be sure to blot
instead of wipe.


Everyone is different.
You may feel mild cramping which then
leads to your regular contractions.

If you feel any discomfort, irritation, or
if you feel that the insert has moved
out of place, tell your doctor or nurse.

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Remember to relax (as much as possible).


A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Your induction day may take a while as your
cervix could take some time getting ready.
That’s why it’s good to make sure all of your
devices are charged while you power through
your time at the hospital.

  • Pack a bag with items to help you
    pass the time
  • Make sure you pack charging cables
Step3 Removal
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Tune in

Throughout the day, you can bring a bit of calm
to the chaos with a playlist full of favorite
songs. Whether it’s from your phone or a
speaker, music may help you through the
induction experience.

  • Talk with YOUR doctor about the setting
  • create a playlist with your favorite songs
  • bring a portable speaker
Step4 You've Got This!

It's time to push!

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Talking with
Your Doctor

Our Doctor Discussion Guide was created to help you discuss your induction day with your doctor or midwife
Check out our Doctor Discussion Guide

CERVIDIL and Induction

Learn About CERVIDIL

Induction and Dilation

Induction and Dilation



CERVIDIL® (dinoprostone, 10 mg) is a vaginal insert approved to start and/or continue the ripening of the cervix in pregnant women who are at or near the time of delivery and in whom there is a medical reason for inducing (bringing on) labor.

For the first two (2) hours following insertion, you should remain lying down. If you sit up or walk after the first two hours, you should be careful to ensure the insert remains in place. While CERVIDIL is inserted, your doctor will carefully monitor your progress and your baby’s well-being and will determine when the insert should be removed.

Important Safety Information about CERVIDIL

CERVIDIL should only be inserted by a trained healthcare professional in a hospital setting appropriate for childbirth.


You should NOT be given CERVIDIL if you have:

  • Experienced an allergic reaction to prostaglandins (certain hormone-like substances)
  • Experienced unexplained vaginal bleeding during your pregnancy
  • Already started receiving drugs to induce labor
  • Given birth six or more times in your lifetime

You should also NOT be given CERVIDIL if your doctor has determined that:

  • Your baby is in distress and needs to be delivered urgently
  • Your baby may be too large to fit through your birth canal (“cephalopelvic disproportion”)
  • Drugs used to induce labor are not appropriate for you or that prolonged contraction of your uterus may be harmful to you or your baby such as if you have had a previous cesarean section or major surgery on your uterus.

What are the most serious risks associated with the use of CERVIDIL?

The induction of labor has been associated with an increased risk of a disorder of abnormal clotting of the blood that results in excessive bleeding immediately after birth (“disseminated intravascular coagulation” or DIC). The risk is higher in women over age 30, those with complications during pregnancy, and those whose pregnancy has lasted longer than 40 weeks.

In rare cases, the use of CERVIDIL has been associated with an increased risk of a life-threatening event to the mother called “amniotic fluid embolism.” The cause of amniotic fluid embolism is not well understood but it is believed that some amniotic fluid or other substances can get into your bloodstream and start a severe reaction that can cause heart and lung collapse.

What should I discuss with my Doctor before labor induction begins or CERVIDIL is given?

As you would throughout your pregnancy, be sure to tell your doctor about all prescription or over-the-counter medications you are taking. Before CERVIDIL is given, be sure you have told your doctor about all your current and past medical conditions, including:

  • If your water has broken
  • Any unexplained vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • All uterine surgeries, especially previous cesarean section
  • A history of contractions lasting more than 2 minutes
  • Glaucoma
  • Asthma, even if you had childhood asthma and have had no asthma attacks as an adult

What are the most common side effects of CERVIDIL?

The most common side effects associated with the administration of CERVIDIL are contractions occurring at a rate faster than normal (tachysystole) and signs that the baby is exhausted or in distress (uterine hyperstimulation). In clinical trials, these effects occurred alone or together in less than 1 in 20 women who were given CERVIDIL.

In clinical trials, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain were noted in less than 1 in 100 women who were given CERVIDIL.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects.

If you experience an adverse event please discuss it with your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.

Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

People depicted in images are models. Images used for illustrative purposes.

Please see full Prescribing Information.

REFERENCES: 1. CERVIDIL [package insert]. Parsippany, NJ: Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. 2. 2018 FDA Orange Book. Accessed August 17,
2015. 3. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Frequently Asked Questions: Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Care. Published 2017. Accessed March 5, 2018.