You have a right to say no to any intervention. When induction is considered, your Doctor or Midwife should discuss all your options before any decision is reached. You are within your rights to decline induction but make sure you are aware of the full facts as to why it has been suggested. You can then make an informed decision based on these facts. If you wish to delay induction beyond 42 weeks, then it may be suggested that you attend the Maternity Unit for twice weekly monitoring to check on your baby’s and your health. You will also be offered an ultrasound scan to check on the amount of water surrounding your baby which can be a good indicator to placental functioning and the overall wellbeing of your baby.1.
1NICE guidelines (National Institute for Clinical Excellence). Induction of labour. June 2001.