Induced?

Jessica - posted on 04/17/2010 ( 183 moms have responded )

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I was induced with my first child at 39 weeks. My doctors thought he was going to be a big baby. After 12 hours of labor and I never got past 4 cm I ended up having a c-section. I also have a lot of friends who were induced as well with the same result, a c-section. I was wondering what some of the other experiences have been or if a c-setion after being induced in the norm?

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I am a Certified Nurse Midwife and this is what I tell my clients about induction....



The cervix is the opening at the bottom of the uterus through which the baby emerges at birth. Before pregnancy and in the first 7-8 months, a normal cervix is firm like the tip of your nose- or pie crust dough. It has tight bonds between the cells in the cervix to keep the baby up in the uterus. As the pregnancy progresses, different hormones begin to soften the tissue- like a fruit ripening. Toward the last two weeks of pregnancy, the tissue becomes progressively softer and squishier, more like bread dough. This is the stage at which the cervix is able to stretch during contraction, like pulling the bread dough for a pizza, and open up enough to let the baby come out.



This is the big "Secret" in inductions- if the cervix is "ripe", it will stretch and open to let the baby out. If it is not, then then no amount of Pitocin, the IV medication used to make the uterus contract during the induction, will force the cervix to open. The process will stall, causing contractions that will go on for hours without delivery and might cause the baby significant stress/distress. At best, it will end in a calm decision to perform a c/s. At worst, the end will be a rushed, panicked fight into the OR, with a baby that is in trouble.



WHENEVER induction is suggested, ask "WHY?" If there is a valid reason, then an induction is appropriate. These valid reasons can include significantly high blood pressure, too little amniotic fluid around the baby, estimated fetal weight over 4000 grams, pregnancy lasting more than 42 completed weeks (though close testing of the baby should begin at 40.5 completed weeks), and other reasons that your health care provider should be able to explain. They should NOT involving vacation, relatives visiting, deployments (I was a Navy wife and understand the anxiety involved in a loved one's impending absence), or any other convenience issue.



Ask your provider what your "Bishop score" is. That is a measure of how ripe or ready your cervix is to open. A score of less than 6 means that your chances of having a successful induction are decreased.



While there are other processes to speed up the ripening, it is like the fruits and vegetables that are picked unripe and then a gas is applied to "ripen" them- not quite as good as being left on the vine until they are ready. These include laminaria: a big toothpick like thing that is placed in your cervix and swells as it hydrates. (It is just like those little capsule things we buy for our kids to play with in the bath tubs.... it starts out really little and then turns into a spongy. dinosaur or a dump truck.) It works from the inside of the cervix to begin the opening process and encourages the chemicals that the body would produce naturally to begin rushing to that area. Other ripening agents might be Cervidil, Misoprotil, and others. They effects are better than nothing but just like the gas on fruit....less effective than Mother Nature.



Trying to force open an unripe cervix is very often unsuccessful, leading to increased anxiety, long labors and c-sections. The c-sections increase the recovery time after you have your baby, have significant risks involved because it is abdominal surgery (though our excellent medical knowledge reduces many of the risks to very low levels), and eliminates or limits your ability to EVER have a vaginal delivery.



I am NOT trying to make any decisions for you here or to advocate that you make any decisions based on this information. WHAT I AM ADVOCATING IS THIS: ASK YOUR PROVIDER QUESTIONS; BE SURE YOU KNOW WHY AN INDUCTION IS NECESSARY; KNOW YOUR BISHOP SCORE; BE YOUR OWN BEST ADVOCATE!!!

Sarah - posted on 04/19/2010

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It is what I learned in doula training to be the cascade effect. The problem with induction is that it catapults labour that naturally progresses in intensity, to a strength of contractions that is usually unbearable. If a mother had intended on natural birth without epidural this is almost impossible as the bodies normal endorphins are unable to increase to manage pain. This in turn requires the need for epidural, which slows down labour. In the obstretrical world of 'active management' they must be 'doing' something about 'getting that baby out' and give most women a time frame in which they MUST get their child out.....the induction and epidural also increases baby distress. So if a women has not progress by their standards of comfort they go for the knife. Many women I speak to who have had an induction have ended up having a c/s. My friend was induced because her amniotic fluid was low.....first step to rectify this situation is TO DRINK WATER!!!! She ended up with a c/s. The c/s rate in North America should be around 5% but it is somewhere around 25%, some places as high as 40%. I don't think doctors think women can do it with out them.....makes ya wonder how we ever got here without them! :)

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2010

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I was induced at 42 weeks w/my first -- for obvious reasons. The labor lasted 27 hours, but they were pushing for c-section after 10hrs because "he wanted to go home for dinner" -- and that's a direct quote. He then insisted my baby would be well over 12 lbs and that I was endangering his or her (but he said "it") life by not having a c-section (although all monitoring was perfectly normal and baby showed no signs of stress). She was in position, but facing the wrong way which is what took so long -- I actually felt her rotate into position right before her head came out.

Just keep yourself informed. Research what is normal and what is not. The more interventions they do, the more money they make, but if you are informed then you will know if your doc is sincere or if he's just wanting to go home and just get it over with.

She was born naturally and perfectly well, weighing only 6lbs 9oz.

I was not induced w/my second - labor was still really long (29 hours) but only because they had to stop my labor due to swelling (nurse used latex gloves and I'm allergic, so my cervix swelled shut) -- again they tried to say my baby would be HUGE -- 12+lbs -- and she was only 7lbs11oz. For all that schooling, they sure don't know much!

Also, I only have one friend that was induced that did not have a c-section. All my other friends, co-workers, and family members that had inductions have had c-sections.

Dena - posted on 04/19/2010

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Okay, after reading another reply, I wanted to add some things. FIRST, being induced NEVER results in a premature baby because they won't induce until you're 39 weeks and a baby isn't premature once you hit the 36 wk. mark. SECOND, if you go further than 42 weeks (which is the longest the doctors like to wait) it poses risks of the placenta detaching from the uterus. THIRD, yes, babies do grow too large for vaginal birth. This can be because the mother's pelvic region is too narrow (which is why some moms can have a 9.5 lb baby just fine, while others can't deliver a 9 lb baby vaginally), and it can be caused by the growing problem with weight in the US. A lot of women are obese and it does pose a risk of having a very large baby. There is some truth to a lot of what was said - birthing is getting to restricted (at the lack of thinking of a better term for it right now). I know that I would prefer a hospital because if there is a complication, you and your baby have a MUCH better chance of survival and that is the most important part to me. I don't like that hospitals control so much - or at least try to. More women should be educated and demand things to be the way they want them. I think it's wrong when hospitals tell YOU what you need to do with your baby - weather it's using water and wash clothes vs. wipes at changing time to having your baby in the nursery for their tests when you want to hold her. Tell THEM how it's going to be ... they just use their "this is the way it's done - it's our policy" talk to get you to allow them to do things the way they want them done. I have always made it clear to the hospital that I want my baby with me at all times and not in the nursery - that my baby isn't to have formula, sugar water, or a pacifier when she is getting tests and that I want as many tests to be done in the room as possible and I want the baby back in my room, not in the nursery, when she is finished. I brought the car seat up for them to see we had one and it was adjusted right, but I said I was carrying my baby out of the hospital in my lap because that is what WE wanted! YOU have a voice - use it!

Dena - posted on 04/19/2010

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I was induced with all 3 of mine so far (pregnant with my 4th), two of which were after my due date, only one of which was @ 39 weeks. The first two I only needed Pitocin. With the 3rd being early, I needed Cervidil to help me dilate. All three born naturally and all 3 were in the 7lb mark. It just depends on your body ... but it is true that doctors are quick to induce because it means their busy schedules are more manageable and they won't be interrupted when they're in an appointment or when they're sleeping - and it's also true that an OB is trained in surgery so they're quick to do a C-section. I don't believe that the numbers are as high as they say - 66% of inductions end in C-sec. unless my group of family and friends, including myself, are in the 34% ... the only c-sections were planned that way from the beginning and I have been to a lot of inductions/births.

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Jenny - posted on 04/22/2010

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My first was all natural, my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th were all induced w/ no c-sections. My 2nd and 3rd were medically necessary. My 2nd was pinching his chord and lowering his heart rate so they wanted in him out ASAP, they induced me and he was born about 7 or 8 hours later. On my 3rd, my water broke, but I didn't go into labor on my own so they induced me. He was born about 6 or 7 hrs later. My 4th, a girl, I was induced with because I wanted her to be born while my Mom was here watching my other 3 and I wanted her to see baby. I wasn't induced until the night of my due date, so she didn't come early. She was born before noon the next morning. No complications, no c-sections! Though hopefully, if there is a next time, I'm not going to induce unless medically necessary, natural is so much easier and you recover so much quicker!

Christina - posted on 04/22/2010

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Research shows it leads to more c-sections than naturally progressing labor. So you have to weigh the risks of unnecessary surgery with any risks your doctor thinks you might face by waiting. You may have noticed that doctors cannot always judge the size of a baby. I will try not to get on a soapbox, but remember that obstetricians are trained as SURGEONS, rather than as midwives who know how to manage labor non-invasively.

Vanessa - posted on 04/22/2010

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I was induced with my first at 41 weeks, i had 5 min contractions right from the start, it was a hard 11.5 hours, made harder by an epidural that didnt work properly, ended up with my son getting stuck with 3cm to go before his head crowned, I had a huge cut with forceps delivery to get him out and then he wasnt big just 3.6kg, doc said I should have had a c-section as my pelvis was small at the bottom end even though I have wide hips. My next was always going to be a c-section, he was huge, at 28 weeks I measured 34cm and then at 34 weeks I measured 40, so at 39 weeks, measuring a whopping 46cm, I had an elective c-section and he was 4.44kg, I have to admit the c-section was easier to recover from than the episiotomy, had alot of trouble with that. If I ever have another one I will have a c-section, no arguements from me. I think in your situation your body just wasnt ready to give birth, just because youve been induced doesnt mean your body will be able to do it effectively, I think docs need to wait until all the signs are ther before they try to change nature.

Maribel - posted on 04/22/2010

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With both my kids, my water broke really early (6 wks with my daughter, 5 wks with my son) and I was not getting contractions so they had to induce me. No C-Sections with either of them.

Leah - posted on 04/21/2010

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I was induced at 10 days overdue with both my children. the first time freaked me out, cos I was planning a lovely, natural earth-mother-ish kind of birth, but when my midwife said I needed to be induced I lost it a bit. But the second time around I just knew that I don't go into labour without being pushed (my babies like it on the inside - I figure I have a cast iron cervix!). Once I was in established labour everything went smoothly and I delivered both vaginally without an excessively long labour (5 and 6 hours). Induction can lead to caesareans, but not always.

Donna - posted on 04/21/2010

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I was induced with my son, and everything went pretty well. I was in labor for 16 and a half hours but everything went well. I was due on December 8, 2008, and I had our son on December 4. My doctor wanted to go ahead and induce me because big babie run in my side of the family, I was 11 pounds 3 ounces when i was born and my sister was 10 pounds 6 ounces. Thank gosh our son was only 7 pounds 15 ounces. :)

Charity - posted on 04/21/2010

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C Sections happen alot when your induced. But I was induced due to HELLP Syndrome and my beautiful girl was born 2 hours later after only 12 minutes of pushing. It really all depends on if your body is really ready for labor and mine was ready for labor since 27 weeks when I went into pre term and was put on bed rest until 35 weeks when induced.

Dian - posted on 04/21/2010

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I was induced with my first due to the fact that 8 hours after my water broke I was not progressing and being borderline preclampsia and gestational diabetes. Was very nervous about delivery with the dr. I was seeing. Luckily he was out of town. She was delivered by a different dr. (she was his first delivery without the assistance of a mid-wife). After another 8 hours and 3 hours of pushing she was born perfectly healthy. My second one I went to a midwife and had absolutely no problems. They each weighed 6lbs 12 ozs.

Jodie - posted on 04/21/2010

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I was induced with my first child as he was 10 days over and nothing happened for 6 hours and then my water broke 14.25 hours later I had a beautiful baby boy. Then with my next 2 I was induced early as I had gestational diabete's. At first it didn't work and I was induced 3 times then they broke my waters ands I had my babies normally. I hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 04/21/2010

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I have been induced two times without c-section. My daughter came so fast that the doctor sleeping at the hospital had to catch her. I think more and more doctors aren't doing c-sections unless they are necessary. He could have let you labor for 23 hours and 59 minutes before doing the section, so I guess you are lucky, right?

Nicole - posted on 04/21/2010

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I was induced with all four of my children. The first i was 5 days past mey due date it was 3 days of inducing,32 hours labour and 2 epidurals, i had him naturally but with the aide of the vaccum8lbs 12oz. The second my water broke and 12 hours later they induced me cause i never started and i had him 20 hours later naturally(6lbs 11oz). My third they put me in and induced me a week after my due date and it took a couple hours to start working and 12 hours later i had him naturally(10lbs). Oh and they had to push him back in and move his arm because it was coming out first. Then my fourth they used the gel this time it only took an hour to get me fully going and 11 hours later i had her naturally not one push. She did the work(9lbs 4oz)

Audrey - posted on 04/21/2010

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I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND WITH MY FIRST ONE I WAS INDUCED BUT HAD HER NATURALLY.. SECOND I DID ON MY OWN WITH THE HELP OF CHAMOMILE TEA AND MY THIRD I WAS INDUCED FOR MANY REASONS BUT NO C-SECTIONS..

Deanna - posted on 04/21/2010

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I WAS INDUCED WITH MY SON TEN DAYS BEFORE HIS DUE DATE! AFTER THEY BROKE MY WATER I HAD CONTRACTIONS FOR 5 HOURS! PUSHED FOR 39 MINUTES AND THERE HE WAS

Deanna - posted on 04/21/2010

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I WAS INDUCED WITH MY SON TEN DAYS BEFORE HIS DUE DATE! AFTER THEY BROKE MY WATER I HAD CONTRACTIONS FOR 5 HOURS! PUSHED FOR 39 MINUTES AND THERE HE WAS

Katelyn - posted on 04/21/2010

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i was induced but i also had an epidural when i was 6 cm dialated and i had a c-section ... i was very disapointed.

Lexi - posted on 04/21/2010

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i was induced a week early with my first (only for now) because i noticed a drop in his movement and i was at risk for pre eclampsia. i didnt need a c-section but they almost sent me home because i wasnt moving very fast either. but after about 10 hours i really got into labor and the doc said i went from 5 to 10 in about a half hour. i do no a lot of people that take forever to get to 4 induced or not and one of my friends almost had to have a c-section because of that.

Darene - posted on 04/21/2010

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My water broke on its own two days after my due date. They still had to induce me, because I was not contracting well enough. Pit is the WORST. After about 9 hours I couldn't even breathe, and I was throwing up. They decided to give me an epidural. By the time they got it in and checked me I was at a 9 and ready to go. I guess my body was just not relaxed enough to progress. Once I got that bit of epidural to let the tension go, I had my son within the hour.

My sister in law had the same trouble you did though. Her's may have been heriditary. Her mom did the same thing. Their family apparently just won't dialate past a three. Sorry to hear about the C-section. Not really what everyone wants.

Kyla - posted on 04/21/2010

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I was induced for my first cause I was two weeks over due. The first dose didn't work and when they did me again, it started. It was long and hard and took 10 and a half hours, but only about 10 minutes of pulling.



When I was pregant with my second child, my plug came out a month early. My doctor was worried about infection and my last appointment before my due date. She scheduled me for induction on Monday but thank god I had her that night. Didn't want to go through that again.

Yolanda - posted on 04/21/2010

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I was induced and after about 6 hours had only dilated 3 cm. My doc would have let me go longer to see what happened but because my baby was showing signs of distress with each contraction, I had a c-section. Turns out my little girl had the umbilical chord wrapped around her neck. If I have another one I want to try to go all the way without a c-section.

Amy - posted on 04/21/2010

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I was induced also with my baby being a week overdue. After 7 hours, the heart stopped twice (that we know of) and i was then rushed into theatre to have a c-section. I would never have been able to have a natural delivery as the cord was wrapped around her little neck twice. But i endured some contractions and thought for my next baby i would definitely have a c-section again as i recovered so quickly from the first one.

Chiqui - posted on 04/21/2010

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it all depends on the case....got induced with my two kids because both were a week overdue....though long labor hours (18 and 23), i managed to push them out of my tummy and into this world!

Aileen - posted on 04/20/2010

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most of my nine babies were induced and none of them resulted in a c section

Melissa - posted on 04/20/2010

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I went in on May 7th early, had a ultrasound found out I was having a girl. Name her Lillian Margaret. I was induced 3 times over a 40 hr. period and nothing, everything stayed the same (failure to progress), they tried the drip and nothing I was having contractions, mostly in the back didn't really bother me that much. Finally at 11:15 pm my doctor said well time for c-section, got a epideral 12:05 am May 9th beautiful baby girl...I had what the doctor called a "true knot". He evern showed me this little knot in the cord between her and I. Not sure but I believe he might have said there was 2..She had a small line across her head (didn't impact her at all) fussed skull is what they said. Today she's beautiful and healthy.. Next time (if I have another) planned c-section not doing that again.

Evie - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced for all 3 of my children 10 days overdue and I did not have a c section for any. The labour went from no contractions to full on. My first child I still had a 36 hour labour with the other two I had 6 hour labours. My first born slept solidly for 6 hours after she was born and my other two fell into 4 hourly feeds instantly which made it easy for me to set a routine at home. All three children were healthy babies.

Lindsey - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced with all three of my children. The first because they thought my water was leaking. He was born twenty minutes after they finished breaking my water. The next two I was induced because he came so fast, and I had Group B strep, and they were afraid I wouldn't make it to the hospital in time. All were normal natural deliveries. No problems.

Monica Shirley - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced with both of my kids and both were born vaginally. I was induced with my first at 41 weeks and it took exactly 9 hours from the first drop of pitocin. My second was induced a few days past my due date and was born 12 minutes short of 9 hours. My second was nearly a c-section, he was larger then expected and got stuck due to a suspected broken tail bone during my first delivery. He was born using forcepts.

Anne - posted on 04/20/2010

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I had a natural birth and from what I learned through the midwifery service it seems that as soon as there is any type of intervention in the natural process then the more likely you are to need further interventions - ie inductions are more likely to result in c-section than if the birth commences naturally. It drives me mad that Dr's arrange births around the holidays etc....who is being put first here? Certainly not the mother or child!

Stacey - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced with my daughter because the Dr.thought she would be too big to pass naturally. She weighed 8.5 lbs and he had to use that vacuum thing to get her out because she stuck! Her head had little cuts and scrapes on it and she had a little conehead because of it. I had to push for 3 1/2 hours until she came out. I would NEVER do it again. I feel when a baby is ready, they will come.

Dena - posted on 04/20/2010

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I agree that an induction shouldn't be a matter of convenience, but if my husband were about to deploy, that would be completely different! A child being born is an amazing experience and I would want him to meet his baby and share in that experience before he left ... so that one I would be induced for! Cervadil is used to help your cervix soften. Pitocin causes contractions and YES, they are more severe. Breaking your water/membranes definitely helps you progress, but know that if this happens there is no going back ... you must deliver that baby one way or another because otherwise you are at high risk of infection. Gestational diabetes is known to cause large babies ... therefore, they do tend to take the baby early (either by induction or c-section). NEVER let your provider tell you how they need to handle things. DO let the provider inform YOU to make the best decision, and ALWAYS ask tons of questions! I think you should feel like an expert on the subject ... okay, well maybe because I am due with my 4th in September that might help me know so much about the process, but you need to know as much as you can about your situation and you make the decision! :)

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If your body is not ready for labor and has not "done it before," an induction may well fail. I was induced with my 1st and 2nd; however, I was essentially term (40w1d & 39w3d) and starting to dilate & efface before going in for an induction. Considering you got to 4cm and no further, you may have ended up with a c-section regardless (hard to say). If you never get into a steady labor pattern and don't dilate much at all, you may just not be "ready." Also, some doctors have a tendency to get impatient and push you into a c-section when you might have eventually delivered naturally given more time.

Alyssa - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced with both of my daughters. The first one was due to risk of preclapsia and the second was more planning. Needed Grandparents to fly in to watch daughter while at hospital. Labor seemed quick and both births were only a few minutes of pushing.

Natalie - posted on 04/20/2010

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i was induced with #s 2 & 3 but, simply bc its easier to find a sitter for the others.. my kids are 3, 2 and 1. the time frame between kids 1 & 2 was 355 days.. the time frame between #s 2 & 3 was 3 days shy of exactly 10months! lol so.. the advance notice was neccesary when plannin everything!

THE only problem that i had with my inductions..w the first induction, i had an older more 'by the book' nurse and she refused to LEAVE the cathiter in to drain my bladder automatically.. i was cath'd 3x during that 'labor' bc the nurse was afraid i would get an infection.. other than that, BOTH inductions were fine.. NO issues and NO c-section! :) au naturale without drugs aside from the petocin to START the labor! :) once i started pushing w ALL my kids.. it was less than 10 pushes and WAY less than 10 mins!

**hope this helps!!**

Shanna - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced with two out of three of my girls and they came naturally. No c-section so far. The only problem I had was the labor was harder and contractions stronger than when my water broke on its own.

Jerol - posted on 04/20/2010

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I have had 4 children and have been induced with them all.....I had normal deliveries...I am currently 25 weeks with my 5th and will probably have the same again...I think it depends on the person and when your baby is ready to come out...I did have my water broke to speed things up with mine as well...I do know the potocin drip (iv) helps the process along...

Andrea - posted on 04/20/2010

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i was induced because i was over my dates, i have 5 children, had my waters broke with all, but maybe its because im older and my body has slowed down that i didnt go into labour with my last 2, all went to plan,

my daughter whos 18 had her 1st child last yesr, she went into labour but wasnt dialating and i think she should have had a c section, thier was alot of complcations, they had to use forceps at 7cm because baby was in danger and after my daughter had to have 2 blood transfusions, the consultant said this was a procedure they should have done in thearter, but my daughter was at risk so they had to perform it on the labour suite, so basically both was put at risk because they didnt want to perform a c section.

my sister 4months ago was carrying twins and she had a c section all went ok.

i think all our bodies work differently.

Sigrid - posted on 04/20/2010

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A week overdue, I was sent for fetal testing and diagnosed with oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid) and immediately sent to L&D for induction. After severely painful contractions all day, I pushed for three hours, then wound up with an emergency c/s for fetal distress. It was a very traumatic experience for me. I am 8 months pregnant with number two and I'm doing everything I can to have a successful natural VBAC this time around. I HATED my induction!

Lisa - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced with my first (in 1999) at 39 weeks because they thought the baby might be big. It did NOTHING. I had some mild contractions all day and all night until they sent me home and said to wait until baby was ready. I was 8 days past my due date before he was ready. It was a long, long labor & I almost had to have a c-section because of stress to the baby, but he was fine. He was a healthy 7lbs. 9oz. - not too big at all. To this day, he's strong-willed and takes his sweet time to do everything. Shortly after his birth, they used more methods besides pitocin on a routine basis to help with induction - like the gel and rupturing membranes. I don't know why my OB didn't do that. Oh, well...

Jacqueline - posted on 04/20/2010

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NONE of my babies were very big my oldest was 6lbs 2 oz but he had other plans while i laboured for him to get out , he didnt want to leave and kept turning, i am a very small person to begin with but as my family medical history went they all had babies no problem (and alot of them) my oldest was 2 weeks over due but my labour had started normally no induction, ther ewas no talk of c section till my water broke and it was lime green , then it was lickty split on questions asked. With my second they didnt want to schedule for a section we wanted to give my body the chance , but it did the same thing , but this time when i had a contraction my babies heart to slow right down, when they rushed me into the operating room and did the section the realize the little fart had wrapped the chord around her neck and chest and there would have been no way to have had her naturally and she was only 5 lbs and a day late. my youngest was a scheduled section but he decided he wanted to visit earlier and my labour had started. it isnt necessary that large babies are sction babies , my sister inlaw had 3 11 pound babies all th3 were vag births.

April - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced with 4 out of 5 of my children. Each one went really quick, all 4 of them were born under 3 1/2 hours with no c-section and no epidural. I didn't mind being induced, but I know the pain was worst with each child I had. I think it all depends on the baby and your body. The doctor is going to do his/her best to get the baby out safely and healthy. Enjoy the little bundle of love. He or she is here and that is want matter. Enjoy, they grow up so fast!

Traci - posted on 04/20/2010

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I went in after a week overdue to be induced. I hadn't dropped hadn't dialated nothing. The prepped me with the gels and i got contractions and it softened my cervix but as the gels wore of the contractions did too and i still didn't dilate. So before the started the drip the nurses talked to me and said it was possible the baby was too big, they could still induce but if that was the case i would labor for however many hours with no result. So i opted for the c-section, and passed on the labor pains. Ive heard from a lot of people with induction that they get a section in the end. The way i looked at it, she wasn't moving for a reason. After the section the dr told my husband that my birth canal was too small for my baby. (8lbs 10oz) So for my next i will probably just have a section again!! I don't expect to have any little babies!!

Allison - posted on 04/20/2010

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It does seem like c-sections are more likely after inductions, but I think there are many other factors that come into it too. I don't know that it would have made much difference for me, but sometimes I do wonder if it would have. My son was "sunny side up" and they tried to get him to turn, but he rotated a little too much. Shortly after that, he passed meconium and I chose to go ahead with the section rather than try to push any more, since he hadn't moved one bit since I tried to push, and expose him to the meconium any longer than necessary. Then, when they weighed him, we found out that he was 10 lbs.! : ) So I feel like any of those factors could have caused me to end up going for a c-section anyway. You just never know.

Jacqueline - posted on 04/20/2010

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I had 3 c-sections, 2 were emergencies and one (my last child ) was scheduled. the two emegency ones were because after 5 days labour and no dialation had occured they had no choice.
My sister had six children all 6 were inductions and not one of them were c-sectioned. I think it is all biology it all depends on the cervix and its dialation process , you may have ended up with a section even without the induction.

Malin - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced 10 days after my due date and I did end up having a c-section. Same story with two of my other friends.

Patricia - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced with my 3rd child. The doctors(midwives) thought I would be fast considering my first two kids and early labor. Nope, 2 weeks past his due date, the midwife induced labor. About 4hours later my son was born and he was my biggest, 8lbs 14ozs. No c-section.

Jackie - posted on 04/20/2010

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i was started on the induction process but never made it to the actual medicine to start labor because my son went into distress and had to have an emergency c-section. he was 3 weeks early but was healthy and is above average in everything for his age now. i have heard the same things you have and it does seem like most inductions result in c-section but there are those that dont.

Candice - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced and had a 8 hour labor and was able to do natural and my 2 friends just had their babies within the last couple of weeks and both were induced and had natural. It just all depends on your body

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sorry, but i must correct you Dena - youre very misinformed about inductions not resulting in premature babies. In my case, had i been induced a week or two before my "due" date (or medically known as EDC which means ESTIMATED Date of Confinement) my boy would have actually been born five or six weeks early. i am attaching a link which goes into details about this, my understanding being that it is the babies BRAIN that is one of the last things to finish developing, so really its not ok to be messing with this usually-perfect process. I can certainly understand that many women feel more comfy in the hospital, I dont disagree that having a baby can be frightening and painful, can even understand some ladies wanting the pain killing drugs (though i wouldnt have traded my kids alert entrances into this world for any momentary comfort for myself). I must also correct you that home births are unsafe or "risky for survival " this is just totally false. of course, I wouldnt advocate for someone who lives very far out in the wilderness to do it, but I personally think all of you who choose hospital births are the ones risking a lot more by turning over your choices to these "professionals" . The majority of births DO NOT require ANY intervention, but by choosing hospital birth you are 20 times more likely to be drugged up or cut up. Again, the rate of c-section result with planned home births is somewhere around 2 % where at some hospitals its 30%, 40% some its even 60% - so you are more likely than not to wind up having one. Also, i know several women who have had succesful VBACS (vaginal birth after cesarean) so I'm not sure why so many people think that after youve had one c-section youre destined to always have them?

I think its SO sad that SO MANY women have been so duped into believing that their bodies are not able to do what they are designed to do. imagine telling a man that his genitals would be forever ruined if they changed in size for a few minutes?



check out this article:



http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008...

Jeanne - posted on 04/20/2010

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I was induced with both of my children, with my daughter I had a vaginal delivery after 16 hours and with my son I had a c-section but it was not because I was not progressing but because he was having heart decelerations. They found out why while doing the c-section - he was tangled up in his cord so even if I had gone into labour naturally I still would have wound up having a c-section. My sister in law was induced with all three of her boys and not one ended up in a c-section. I don't believe that inductions cause c-sections, quite a few women do not have a big enough pelvis to deliver naturally and sometimes labour stalls for no apparent reason.

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