natural vs. induction

User - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Who can give an opinion or compare and contrast on natural vs induction birth? I was induced with my first and want to avoid with the 2nd. I am tired of opinions from those who haven't had both to experience themselves..thanks!

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Stacy - posted on 10/11/2009

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I have had it done both ways, I have 4 children and I am also a labor and delivery nurse. Generally speaking, unless there are medical indications it is always better to wait until your body is ready. My longest labor was my induction at 37 weeks for pregnancy induced hypertension (26 hours), also the most painful. When your body naturally releases oxytocin, your brain releases endorphins as well. When we give you artificial oxytocin, your brain doesn't know to create the endorphins, so you don't get that relief. Having said that there are many many many factors that would determine the best plan of care for you.

Colleen - posted on 10/11/2009

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With my first my waters broke and then labour hadn't started after six hours and the doctor had wanted to induce me on my due date any way because she thought the baby was a bit small (she was 3kg, right on average). So I was attached to drips and monitors and the machine that goes ping. The contractions were very painful and I felt like I couldn't move around to make myself more comfortable and started to panic. I ended up having an epidural and vacuum assisted delivery.



With my second I knew that I wanted as little "stuffing about" by the medical profession as possible so I went to a birth centre where I had one midwife who looked after me through the entire pregnancy and labour. I started getting a strange feeling of pressure a few times a day in my pelvis and tail bone about a week before my due date. A few days after my dd they got more frequent, every 30 min or so. I spent most of that day on the computer reading natural birth stories, or dancing with my 2 year old (tribal drum music, feet apart, bent my knees and moved my bottom. It felt really good) Mid afternoon I felt that something was really happening so I had a shower and checked myself, I was definitely dilating and the pressure feelings were getting pretty intense, so we called the midwife to let her know we were coming in and piled in to the car for the 1.5 hour drive to the hospital. The drive was very uncomfortable but I just concentrated on breathing, relaxing and letting my body do its thing.



When we got in to the bc the mw checked me and I was 6 cm dilated. I walked and rocked and swayed and breathed until I felt the baby entering the birth canal, then I got into the bath. Rhiannon was born about an hour later with no pushing at all, my partner was in the tub with me the whole time holding me up between contractions and the midwife just stayed in the background taking photos until the last second when she guided the baby to the front of me so I could lift her out of the water.



The two labours felt completely different, with the first the pain was in the stomach muscles, possibly because I was scared and fighting against it. My second labour was much gentler with no painful contractions, just waves of pressure and the "ring of fire" at the end. Hope this helps. Please feel free to ask me any questions and I hope you get lots more responses for comparison :)

Kasia - posted on 08/10/2012

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My experience giving birth was a nightmare...my water broke from slipping down the stairs and the contractions were 5 minutes apart immediately. I went to the hospital too soon...being my first baby I was beyond terrified. I was not going into active labor and they wanted to induce me. I fought it for 15 hours. I kept saying no and like 5 doctors came in (probably because of liability purposes) all trying to force me I finally caved in. The pain was unbearable so I ended up begging for an epidoral. It didn't work...only numbing my legs so I couldn't walk.. It was horrible. The nurses up until the last one did nothing but insult me... The last nurse was a godsend. She helped me breathe through the contractions...I could not believe how much relief I got from the support of that nurse that simply was an angel. Looking back no doctor or nurse helped or prepared me for it. I believe that Most, not all doctors and hospitals have lost the natural methods that probably worked better way back in the day. I would get a midwife this time just to help me get into positions that would make the contractions tolerable and encourage me to walk around. After doing some research it seems they give out this pitocin too frequently. Its known that a women needs to walk through the contractions which often will help the pregnancy along...I'm not saying that this is the case if there is an emergency or threat to the baby...Although hospitals do not really support you in birthing naturally and are pretty quick to use drugs because its quicker, easier, and holds less liability. If a women wants to go naturally I think you may not just have to do research but get some assistance from professionals that really know their stuff on holistic birthing. I know i will the next time around. Also i was against getting an episiotomy and it was probably just as painful as the pregnancy. There is an oil mixture that midwife's use to soften the perineum area that helps it to stretch naturally. This is just one example of the many things I've read about that honestly shocked me. It seems the doctors will take the easy way out...even it causes us pain. I think that the magic of giving birth has been lost and it is treated as a medical procedure these days. Ok I'm done venting. I"m gonna keep doing my research for my next time around.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/12/2009

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My first was induced - 3 weeks early. My second was natural, we bearly made it to the hospital in time and he was born in the energency department the whole 9lb of him! Out of the 2 if i'd had the option i would have preferred the natural way. I felt i had more control on the whole process despite how quickly it all happened! I also felt i handled the pain ALOT better, and i didn't have to be hooked up to drips and monitoring machines. Either way you decide, best of luck, and may bub be happy and healthy!

Susan - posted on 10/11/2009

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I've also been both induced and delivered naturally. My first born was two weeks overdue and my midwife scheduled me in to be induced. However, they used cytotek which started the contractions and I never got pitocin. It may have been because he was my first (I think it was because of the cytotek), but it was the longest, most painful delivery of the three so far. For my second, my water broke naturally but contractions didn't start, so they helped it along with pitocin. It wasn't anywhere near as painful as the first. It was frustrating though because I was hooked up to the pitocin drip and couldn't move around freely. For my third it was all natural. I didn't have any painkillers or epidural with any of them. So my experience says the inducement wasn't necessarily the bad thing. I really think it was how they induced me. The second and third were probably comparable pain wise. That said, I'm due in four weeks and hoping to go naturally. Good luck!

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Nicole - posted on 10/12/2009

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if you must with induction then yes only if you must and are way over due. if not then no way is way more painful and stressful to both you and baby. good luck

Jocelyn - posted on 10/11/2009

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Quoting Kathryn:

Well i did listen!! I was also overdue and wanted the baby out!!. I wasn't saying that you can't give birth to a 10lb baby naturally. Natural is the way to go...


lol I listened to them too the first time!  they thought my son was going to be around 9.5 lbs... and he was only 8 14!

Lyndsay - posted on 10/11/2009

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I know nothing about induction because I had my son prematurely at 36 weeks and progressed through labour so quickly there wasn't even time for an epidural. However, it is my general opinion that anything natural is the better way to go. But, sometimes you can't help it... you can wait and wait and wait, but if nothings happening then interventions need to be made.

Kerry - posted on 10/11/2009

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Hey Kathryn,
I had a 10lb 4 1/2oz boy naturally went on all fours to deliver... BEST WAY to deliver a baby, my next heaviest was 9lb 4 1/2oz, she was natural as well... worst time I have had was being induced Christmas Eve morning at around 8am with my waters being broken... put on a drip and STILL being in labour that night, BEGGING the 'doc' to give me a C section, only to be still in labour at around 3pm Christmas day. When I did finally birth him, the midwife went for the scissors the fastest I have ever seen anyone. My son's chord was around his neck..
natural births of big babies is possible.. oh btw my son's HC at birth? 37.8 inches
*hugs*
Kerry

Kerry - posted on 10/11/2009

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HI,
I've had a few inductions and a couple of natural labours.
By far the best to control is a natural one, simply because the induction speeds things up a little too fast sometimes.
With my youngest, she was a week over and I was getting something like varacous (?sp ) veins down below :) so the plan was to induce me after the weekend. I was not going to go through another induction.. I chose to take the natural way to bring on my labour. I drank Shepherds Purse ******ONLY TAKE THIS IF YOU ARE FACING AN INDUCTION.... IT IS EXTREMELY POWERFUL*****
within a few hours I was in full swing labour and intense as the contractions were, I was able to keep it together a lot better....after drinking this tea at around lunch time on the Sunday I had my daughter by 6pm
Hope this helps with your decision
all the best with the labour and birthing
*hugs*
Kerry

Carolyn - posted on 10/11/2009

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My 1st 2 were induced and I went on my own with the 3rd. That labor & delivery was a lot shorter and a lot less painful.

Stacey - posted on 10/11/2009

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I would avoid induction if possible, I went into labour with my first naturally, but things didn't progress, I think he was a posterior birth, where his back was facing my back instead of it facing my belly, so when I had a contraction and he moved down, he was being pushed down towards my spine instead of the right way through the birth canal, so they eventually induced me and it was horrible, the contractions became so much more intense and closer together, but having said that every induction experience is probably just as individual as every labour experience, it may be worse for some than for others, and it probably also depends on any labour complications and length of labour etc.

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natural if possibal

but i had a induced sweep which ended up delaying my labour so go wiith how ever u feel u want

at the end of the day its ur choice,,,

goodluck...x

Tara - posted on 10/11/2009

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With inductions there is always that risk of harming the baby who is not ready to come out plus it tends to end up in c-sections. Ive been to the end two times, I know how frustrating it is and how badly we want to have our kids in our arms but unless theres a perfectly good reason I would never get induced. Natural all the way.

Brooke - posted on 10/11/2009

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I want to have a natural for my 2nd but it isn't like you can always decide on these things..

Kim - posted on 10/11/2009

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My first i was going completely natural. No epi,or drugs of any kind. All started out well but then my contractions were backwards, they peaked for 3min. went down for 1...NOT fun. Anyway they gave me potosin to regulate contractions. Still no drugs. The next two I WENT FOR THE EPI. My point; you can get all the advice but it is as a previous poster said, "every pregnancy is different" We really can't get completely prepared because we don't know what twists will occure. My M-in law was 2 hrs start to finish on all 3....I hate her..lol

Wendy - posted on 10/11/2009

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For me, natural labor was WAY easier than induction. Those meds make your contractions harder, at least that was the way it went for me, I was having them on top of each other. I've been induced twice, and had two natural births. If I knew then what I know now, I would have gone natural every time!

Amy - posted on 10/11/2009

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I was in labor for 36 hours when I was induced due to the babieds heartbeat being irregular. I had 2 epidurals and they both wore off, so I involuntarily had him natural. I NEVER want to be induced again. I was exhausted from having one contraction on top of another, plus they wouldn't ket me eat anything the entire time. I still don't know how I was able to push him out. Hope everything works out.

Kimberly - posted on 10/11/2009

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I have had both done, my first was not induced, and I had back labor. That was the most horrible pain I have ever experienced, I finally broke down and got an epidural, I had been in labor for several hours, and an hour after I got it, my son was born. With my daughter, I chose to be induced. I was at about 38 weeks, but I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, anything and everything I did beyond sit and do nothing, I started having false contractions. I had an amniocentesis done in the morning (which gave me the worst contraction ever, and still didn't put me into labor), and was induced at about 9 pm. This time, I didn't have back labor. The only thing that I didn't like is I was not able to use the jacuzzi tub to relieve pain. The pain was not worse than going into labor naturally. She was born at 5:41 am, shorter labor than my son was. No pregnancy or labor is the same. Go with your instincts.

Kathryn - posted on 10/11/2009

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Well i did listen!! I was also overdue and wanted the baby out!!. I wasn't saying that you can't give birth to a 10lb baby naturally. Natural is the way to go...

Jocelyn - posted on 10/11/2009

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Oh I would like to add that if they think you are having a really big baby and want to induce you for that reason, don't listen! my daughter was 10 lbs! :) and easily delivered.

Kathryn - posted on 10/11/2009

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I was induced with my first in 2004, they didn't want me to go over as they thought i was having a 10lb baby (8.4lb) it was awful. It worked first time within about 5 hours. My second i had 10 mths ago naturally. Completely different experience, and so much better. I also had her in a birthing center rather than a hospital and found the experience much more relaxing. I am so pleased to have experienced a natural birth and hope it all goes that way for you to.

Jocelyn - posted on 10/11/2009

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I was induced with my first (my son) and had a natural birth with my second (daughter). Let me tell you it was night and day how different they were. I was induced at 41 weeks (although you are really only over due if you go past 42 weeks). They broke my water, and I was hooked up to Pitocin. It was a horrible experience; contractions one on top of another, stronger than they should be, and I ended up getting an epidural. The whole thing took 9 hours from start to finish.
As for my second, my water broke on it's own, and within 3 hours I was having contractions 4 minutes apart. I had my daughter completely naturally, at home, in a birth pool. It was wonderful. The contractions that I had with my daughter were probably half as intense as the contractions with the Pitocin. My body was in charge and the baby was ready to come on it's own. Nothing was forced. I was in labor with my daughter less than 6 hours. It is amazing how efficiently the body works when it is allowed to work on it's own terms.

April - posted on 10/11/2009

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Quoting Denise:

OKay I have had both. The only reason to induce the labor should be if there are complications arising. The difference between the two is that natural you go into labor when the baby is ready to come. Contractions are normal and spaced apart. So you can actually catch your breath in between them. Induced labor is when the doctor will break your water and then inject you with pitocin. This will cause you to have hard continuous contractions that are stronger and closer together. Then you can't get the epidural until after you are 5 centimeters which could take hours. Just because your labor is induced does not mean that it will be shorter and without complications. Every pregnancy is different so you can be one way with one delivery and a totally different with another. My first was 1hr and 21 min natural no epidural nothing. Only pain I had was when I was pushing her out. 2nd child was like a nightmare, induced by breaking my water, pitocin injections and no epidural. That delivery was 9 hours of severe pain throughout. 3rd child was partially induced by breaking my water no injections no epidural. She took 3 hours. So if you have a choice do NOT induce your labor unless it is necessary.



I had an epidural at 3 cm......and I was induced.  They gave me the pill that night.  I walked around the hospital to try to get labor going.  Went to sleep and woke up at 8am eating pancakes, having my first contraction.  Had my daughter at 5:08pm

April - posted on 10/11/2009

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I don't get it. Natural labor is best...why screw with nature. HOWEVER, I went over 40 weeks so my dr. scheduled an induction. I was HAPPY because I was SO miserable being pregnant.

Denise - posted on 10/11/2009

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OKay I have had both. The only reason to induce the labor should be if there are complications arising. The difference between the two is that natural you go into labor when the baby is ready to come. Contractions are normal and spaced apart. So you can actually catch your breath in between them. Induced labor is when the doctor will break your water and then inject you with pitocin. This will cause you to have hard continuous contractions that are stronger and closer together. Then you can't get the epidural until after you are 5 centimeters which could take hours. Just because your labor is induced does not mean that it will be shorter and without complications. Every pregnancy is different so you can be one way with one delivery and a totally different with another. My first was 1hr and 21 min natural no epidural nothing. Only pain I had was when I was pushing her out. 2nd child was like a nightmare, induced by breaking my water, pitocin injections and no epidural. That delivery was 9 hours of severe pain throughout. 3rd child was partially induced by breaking my water no injections no epidural. She took 3 hours. So if you have a choice do NOT induce your labor unless it is necessary.

Emilie - posted on 10/11/2009

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I had C-sections with both of my kids, I wanted to try natural but the doctor wouldn't let me. My sister in law was induced with her first one, then she was supposed to be induced with the second one but went into labor before the time came to be induced. It was alot faster and alot less painful with her second child.

Kate CP - posted on 10/11/2009

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Well, my labor started natural then stalled out so they had to induce...and it sucked. My natural labor was much easier for me to deal with than when they put me on Pitocin. If I were you I would go natural. Induction is just awful. :/

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