any advice??

Shannon - posted on 05/18/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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ok so my doctor wants to induce me a 39 weeks if i am at least 1 centimeter dilated and people are telling me not to do it....now i think it is a good idea because i have quick unpredictable labors and my doctor only wants to do thins so i don't give birth at home again.....i just want to know what other people think it might help me decide.....thanks

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Rachel - posted on 05/20/2009

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I was induced with my first and my second as my waters broke and and i was'nt dialating so because of infection i had to have one. My first labour was 16 1/2 hours because i had an epidural which slowed everything down and then i had a reaction to the epidural so they gave me phernergan to counteract the reaction and then without checking how far dilated i was they gave me another dose of epidural and my labour stopped, i was 9cm dilated and fell asleep, long story short my son finaly arrived with the help of forceps. My second labour was a total of 4 hrs i was induced because my waters broke and i still had'nt started dilating, so they induced me and she was born without the epidural or anything else that helps to take the pain away and neither of the labours was more intense then the other. My third labour was also 4 hrs long and i did it all naturally. Out of my three labours the only thing that i would not do again is have an epidural and this is because the epidural slows the hole process down and that is also not a good thing for you or the baby. My advice to you would be follow your doctors instructions as he/she is the one who has the degrees and knows what he/she is talking about. Mothers and friends are not medical professionals so none of us really know the true pro's and con's like a doctor does. So if your doctor said he wants to induce you then he has a reason for it. What really annoys me is the people who seem to think that doctors are only in it for the money or they do things so they can get home before 7pm, it is the biggest load of crap because they became doctors to help save people's lives not because the pay is good. And if they were just after money y on earth did they go to medical school for years when they could have just gotten a job on wall street and worked or slept their way to the top.

Erin - posted on 05/20/2009

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i would get induced if i were you but you do know that the contractions come on very strong once you are induced its not a slow build up, go for it but good luck

Christina - posted on 05/20/2009

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i think if its a good idea from your doctor then you should do it. your doctor is the one with your best intrest for whats good for you and your baby. i was induced at 37 weeks with my daughter but i had pre eclampsia. i was reading some of the advise from the other mothers and they said that getting induced was painful or the petocin hurt. for me it didnt i was already 2 centimeters dialated when i went in and i was in labor for 4 hours. so i hope i made your chioce easier for you. good luck and congrats on your baby

Jenni - posted on 05/20/2009

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My guess is that he is worried that if she goes into labor on her own, that she will not make it to the hospital in time to have the medical professionals that she needs around her.
To Samantha, induction is done for a number of reasons. 1. It is dangerous to go over a week overdue, they won't even wait for the ten days, as you thought. 2. If your due date is coming up, but you aren't thinning or dilating, as you should be for a good few weeks before labor. That's what happened with me, until a "traumatic" event, my body hadn't done anything to get ready for labor. The stress caused my labor to happen two days early, three days before my induction. 3. If your labor exceeds two days (or three, I can't remember, I think it's two, though). Having too long a labor without enough progress can be dangerous. Pitocin is then used to help speed up the process. If not enough dilation is happening in your body still, then sometimes an Emergency C-section is done.
So yeah, plenty of reasons for induction, also including the situation of the woman who started this thread, if she agrees with her doctor on it.

Amanda - posted on 05/20/2009

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I only made it a few days past 39 weeks so I dont see what would be wrong with being induced at 39 weeks. The baby is ready, you are ready and its safer for you both. I think you should trust your doctor, not your friends.

Samantha - posted on 05/20/2009

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I had my first and only birth at home with midwifes. In a birthing tub. I was 39 weeks. As far as I know you are only induced if your going to be 10 days overdue, or if there is a problem. Now If there is a problem It is a good Idea to have the baby at the hospital, but if not home birth with the appropriate professionals are quite safe. I did mine w/o any pain meds, 1 week early, and at home and my little boy is in perfect health and has been since the second he came out. But again, being that he is a doctor whom I assume you trust his medical opinion, if there are any chances of complications its best to be in a hospital. Personally, I would have a sit down with him and have him explain his reasons, justified by his medical knowledge, as to why he wants to induce you, also that way if there are any complications he is aware of , or discretion's he's taking you are in the know about it. My advice communicate your concerns and wants and have him do the same. then you decide since its your body and your child.

Becky - posted on 05/20/2009

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Quoting Loureen:



Quoting Becky:




Quoting April :

why are they telling you not too? obviously if your doctor is telling you he wants to there must be a reason, and as he is the one with the medical degree i dunno maybe he knows what he's talking about







Firstly people are only giving an opinion and sharing their experineces.








Secondly he may have a medical degree but i am pretty sure he has never been in labour and therefore never been induced.








Thirdly noone has said if they may also have a medical back ground, those who have replied could also be doctors, midwives or just the experience of having had children.








And lastly it is a proven fact that MOST (and i am  not saying all) induced labours are more intense, can lead to a cascale of intervention and if possible a natural labour is often better for the mother and the baby.








Of course each birth is different and a lot of people have been asking for further details from Shannon. Fast labours can be very traumatic and often can have just as many problems as a long drawn out labour.








This lady has asked for advice and that is what is being offered.








 








 









why would you trust your doctor for 9 months than ditch his advice at the last minute assuming he is male , yeah getting induced is more intense but i hardly think hes doing it cause he thinks its gonna be less difficult . But i do agree everyones opinion is theirs ,  including your doctor , i know i would much rather give birth surrounded by medical proffesionals instead of at home with kids husbands and next door neihbours " lending a hand ".





I did not say she should not trust her doctor, but as humans they can also be wrong. All i am saying is she asked for an opinion and and we are giving her that. No one knows (unless the postee writes it what job they do). I had a child at home with medical attention, if its planned there is no more risk than at hospital and i never said he was doing it because he thinks its less difficult.

Charlie - posted on 05/20/2009

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Quoting Becky:



Quoting April :

why are they telling you not too? obviously if your doctor is telling you he wants to there must be a reason, and as he is the one with the medical degree i dunno maybe he knows what he's talking about





Firstly people are only giving an opinion and sharing their experineces.






Secondly he may have a medical degree but i am pretty sure he has never been in labour and therefore never been induced.






Thirdly noone has said if they may also have a medical back ground, those who have replied could also be doctors, midwives or just the experience of having had children.






And lastly it is a proven fact that MOST (and i am  not saying all) induced labours are more intense, can lead to a cascale of intervention and if possible a natural labour is often better for the mother and the baby.






Of course each birth is different and a lot of people have been asking for further details from Shannon. Fast labours can be very traumatic and often can have just as many problems as a long drawn out labour.






This lady has asked for advice and that is what is being offered.






 






 





why would you trust your doctor for 9 months than ditch his advice at the last minute assuming he is male , yeah getting induced is more intense but i hardly think hes doing it cause he thinks its gonna be less difficult . But i do agree everyones opinion is theirs ,  including your doctor , i know i would much rather give birth surrounded by medical proffesionals instead of at home with kids husbands and next door neihbours " lending a hand ".

Jessika - posted on 05/20/2009

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I had my son 5 weeks early. I didn't know I was in labour when we went to the hospital thinking it was only for a check up because I had some spotting. My due date was March 31st and I ended up having him on February 24th. I had dialated 4cms in 4.5 hours and they still chose to give me pictocin without asking me what I thought. The heart rate for both baby and I and blood pressure was perfectly fine, there was no reason to induce me. I felt no pain until that stupid medication. Then the pain hit me like a ton of bricks. After 2 very painful hours I finally had my son after 16 minutes of pushing. I am also left with the experience that the induction was indeed without a doubt very evil. I understand for some women it is necessary, however in my case it was not and still was used. At 39 weeks your baby is pretty much finished developing. Do what you feel is right but I will NEVER advise anyone or accept to be induced unless there is a serious health concern.

Jenni - posted on 05/20/2009

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I think you should do what is right for you. If I delivered at home previously, without any medical personnel, it would scare the hell outta me to think of doing it again. My son had complications due to someone trying to talk their way into our house the night before, which is what triggered my labor. He really did need the immediate medical attention, and I can't imagine it not being available. That being said, you aren't me, and my situation was not exactly normal. Also, my labor was 13 1/2 hours, so I didn't have the time issue. I delivered two days early because of my situation, but before then, I hadn't shown ANY progress at all, and was scheduled to be induced the day following my due date if nothing changed.
All in all, I would discuss it with your doctor and your husband, and decide what is truly right for you. Maybe instead, you could stay a few days with a friend that lives closer to your hospital?

Tanya - posted on 05/19/2009

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I would do what you think is right for you... I have been induced and I think all births are different, Everyone will go at there pace and have pain like no one else. You need to do what is right for you and if your Dr is suggesting this it is a good idea it is still up to you.. just remember all that matters is your baby is healthy and safe! (because I know quick labors my cousin has them an i was there for 3 of them.. It can be dangerous) Best wishes hope all turns out well... : )

Becky - posted on 05/19/2009

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Quoting April :

why are they telling you not too? obviously if your doctor is telling you he wants to there must be a reason, and as he is the one with the medical degree i dunno maybe he knows what he's talking about


Firstly people are only giving an opinion and sharing their experineces.



Secondly he may have a medical degree but i am pretty sure he has never been in labour and therefore never been induced.



Thirdly noone has said if they may also have a medical back ground, those who have replied could also be doctors, midwives or just the experience of having had children.



And lastly it is a proven fact that MOST (and i am  not saying all) induced labours are more intense, can lead to a cascale of intervention and if possible a natural labour is often better for the mother and the baby.



Of course each birth is different and a lot of people have been asking for further details from Shannon. Fast labours can be very traumatic and often can have just as many problems as a long drawn out labour.



This lady has asked for advice and that is what is being offered.



 



 

Rhiannon - posted on 05/18/2009

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I was induced at 39wks, gel on my cervix first, then waters were broken to start contractions........ the doctor only wanted to use the pictocin drip if breaking my waters didnt trigger contractions. If you u can avoid the piictocin, your labour wont be as intense. I had my son in 6hrs, only using the gas.

Lindsay - posted on 05/18/2009

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I would go ahead with it if I were you. By 39 weeks, the baby should be hea;thy as 37 weeks is considered full term. I was induced with my first and although the contractions were intense at first it didn't really slow my labor that much. I was not dialated at all but within eleven hours, my beautiful baby girl was out and healthy. I did have an epidural so I only had to endure those strong contractions for about an hour. Good luck to you and your baby!

April - posted on 05/18/2009

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why are they telling you not too? obviously if your doctor is telling you he wants to there must be a reason, and as he is the one with the medical degree i dunno maybe he knows what he's talking about

Stevie - posted on 05/18/2009

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i think you should my daughter was like how your labors are she was born in 10 mins and that was everything plus with her i never once had any contractions and i got induced for my son the day after his due date for more than one reason (i didnt want him born on the 13th was one of them lol) but idk why ppl on here are telling moms not to get induced its really not that bad for me it just made me actually know what a contraction was and it took longer for him to come 15.5 hours but that was cuz of his position and i had strep like 3 weeks before he was born so i had to get the meds again since i had just got off them but after the water was broke i think it didnt take longer then 30 min after i say go with the induction

Jaclyn - posted on 05/18/2009

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I was induced for my second child with pictocin and they let me walk around all i wanted i just had to be back at a set time for them to up my dose. I personally found it better then my first who i went naturally with cause the induced was a much shorter labor. If you go so quick that you had your first one at home and you want to be in a hospital then i would say get induced. I was never forced an epidural with my induction either.

Kate CP - posted on 05/18/2009

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I wouldn't do it, personally. I would just try to stay as close to the hospital as possible during your last week. When you get induced they make you stay in bed attached to three different machines and start bugging you to get an epi. I went into labor naturally but it stalled out over night. I was so tired (and tired of being pregnant) that I went into the office and the doc admitted me and put me on pitocin. I HATED IT. I managed to go without the epidural cause I get freaked out at the idea of a needle in my spine. But my God did it hurt. I was handling labor pains just fine until they gave me the pitocin. Then the contractions got stronger, longer, and there wasn't any break in between them. Granted, labor went super fast and I gave birth about 2 hours after they started the pitocin.

My next birth is going to be a home birth. I hated being in the hospital. But, if you're more comfortable in the hospital then maybe being induced would be best. However, the comment that a doctor won't induce you if your body isn't ready is incorrect. A doctor will attempt to induce you if it's convenient for him. Some doctors will schedule c-sections for no other reason other than they want to get home on Friday before 7pm.

So, to sum it up, I don't think you should induce. Let baby decide when they want to arrive. That's when the timing will be right.

Becky - posted on 05/18/2009

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The petocin they give you when they induce you really makes for a painful few hours. Are you planning on an epidural or natural birth?

Kayleigh - posted on 05/18/2009

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i was induced with my first baby as i was 10 days over my due date it was more painful that natural only at first to kick start real contractions though i was in hospital for 36 hrs before having her i was only in 'established labour' for 10 hours if u have unpredictable labours i would advise having it at least your in hospital with midwives and doctors im not sure if maybe a membrane sweep might help though as long as no waters have leaked you can have it it brought my second labour on x whatever you decide i wish u luck take care

Becky - posted on 05/18/2009

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I was just wondering how fast was your frist labourt? Can i also ask what is wrong with a home birth? Was your labour very quick? It can be very dangerous to have very fast labours which then i guess i would suggest the indcution (although my personal experience with my daughter is that i would personally avoid an induction. I had a 33 hour labour iwth her very painful contractions and left me out of it for another two days. I had my son naturally at home in 5 hours and he was born at home with no pain relief.

Danielle - posted on 05/18/2009

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if i was in your situation i would probably do it. your doctor won't induce you if your body's not ready.

Charlene - posted on 05/18/2009

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Hi my name is charlene and my first labor was 2 and a half hours but that one was induced and it was very painful. when I had my second I was 1 hour and 45 mins I only just made it to the hospital and that labor I felt was not as painful so I think being indused is more painful and it depends on what the cervix is like so it could make the hole thing longer stay very active and go with your ingstinks.

Krystal - posted on 05/18/2009

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If I had ever made it to 39 weeks I would have let them induce me. I read alot of parenting magazines and so far my understanding is if you are at least 39 weeks it is ok to get induced plus if you go quick it might be your safest option!

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