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Method 5: Oxytocin drip

An oxytocin drip is a hormone drip which we will slowly increase every 30 minutes until we have four regular contractions every 10 minutes.

This is done on labour ward and will involve having a cannula, usually in the back of your hand, so we can give you the hormone straight into your vein. At this point your baby’s heartbeat will be continuously monitored. You can remain mobile while you are on the monitor and the midwife looking after you can show you how to make full use of the birthing bed to adopt different positions.

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