If you go past your due date your maternity unit will offer you an Induction of Labour (IOL) at around 10 days after the date. IOL are also offered if your waters have broken for over 24 hours or there are health concerns with you and/or baby.
Inducing a labour can take a while, as the medications used often need to soften the cervix. This process takes place in the maternity unit and usually a gel or pessary is used which can take 24-48 hours to get you into labour. After the pessary, the next step is to break your waters and sometimes a hormone drip is used to speed up the labour. Once your contractions and labour has started everything should go ahead normally. Your midwife and doctor will explain the process to you before the induction begins and answer any questions you have.