This research study is called the OBLIGE study, comparing two common ways of starting the process of inducing labour (Outpatient Balloon catheter and Inpatient prostaglandin Gel).
Most women planning induction of labour at 37 weeks or more with a healthy baby would be suitable to participate.
Please watch the video below:
The balloon catheter is a more natural way of starting labour, by encouraging the release of your own natural hormones to soften the cervix and prepare it for labour. Starting labour with a balloon is safe and does not require extra monitoring. Women who receive the balloon will go home for the first 18-24 hours.
We think that in the future, women may want to have the opportunity to go home with a balloon for part of their induction—this research will help us find out if this is what pregnant women in New Zealand want, and to make sure it is safe and effective.
Find out common reasons for induction of labour
- Going overdue or past your due date
- Diabetes in pregnancy
- High blood pressure in pregnancy
- Slowing of baby’s growth
- Maternal age 40 and over
- Maternal request
- In vitro fertilisation
Find out reasons you may not be suitable for this study
- Previous Caesarean
- Ruptured membranes
- Concern about you or your baby that mean your doctor advised you to remain in hospital
Common ways of inducing labour
Photograph of a balloon catheter
This study is up and running at 11 hospitals around New Zealand.
- Auckland Hospital: Suzy firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dunedin: Gaye email@example.com
- Hawkes Bay: Louise firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hutt Valley: Michelle email@example.com
- North Shore: Eleanor firstname.lastname@example.org
- Taranaki: Valentina email@example.com
- Tauranga: Phoebe firstname.lastname@example.org
- Waikato: Jess Jessica.email@example.com
- Waitakere: Eleanor firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wellington Hospital: Helen email@example.com
- Whakatane: Thabani firstname.lastname@example.org
For any questions, ring Mariska on 021 173 0115
This study is funded by in partnership with A+ Trust, Auckland DHB