Do I have the right to be induced if I am a week over my due date?

Darylann - posted on 04/08/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Do I have the right to be induced if I am a week over my due date and measuring past the '40 week' measurement mark? This is our second child. I was due a week ago Tuesday and have my BPP and ultrasound scheduled for Tuesday of this week. My husband is leaving for drill over an hour away Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I obviously want him to be there for the birth of our child. At my last appointment I was dilated to 2cm and 75% effaced...have had back ache and cramping and a few contractions since my last appointment but nothing major going on other than that. I was a week over with our first and had to be induced because her amniotic fluid was low. I am scared to death of them telling me to go home for a few more days if everything checks out ok and going another week over or far enough so that my husband is out of town. My question is...if they don't automatically say yes, we are going to induce you...what are my rights to say I want to be induced????? The midwife that saw me last also felt that our baby was on the large side....so that makes my worries that much more....definitely do not want a c-section and was close to one last time. HELP!

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Darylann - posted on 04/09/2012

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Yes, I've done the research on how to induce labor. Thats not what my question was asking though, thanks anyway.

Brittney - posted on 04/08/2012

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They will not let you go past 42 weeks, if the amniotic fluid is low, they will probably induce you. If you don't go into labor on your own, you'll be induced, usually sometime between 41 and 42 weeks.



There are no do-it-yourself techniques consistently proven to be both safe and effective so don't try anything without guidance from your caregiver. Here's the scoop on some of the methods you may have heard about:

Sexual intercourse: Semen contains prostaglandins and having an orgasm may stimulate some contractions. A few studies have shown that having sex at term may decrease the need for labor induction, but others have shown it has no effect on promoting labor.

Nipple stimulation: Stimulating your nipples releases oxytocin, and it may help start labor, but more research is needed to determine the safety and effectiveness of this method. Because it may overstimulate your uterus, your contractions and your baby's response to them would need to be monitored so don't try this at home.

Castor oil is a strong laxative, and stimulating your bowels may cause some contractions. There's no definitive proof that it helps induce labor though plenty of women can attest to its unpleasant effects!

Herbal remedies: A variety of herbs are touted as useful for labor induction. Some are risky because they can cause contractions that are too long or too strong and may be unsafe for your baby for other reasons as well. For others, the safety and effectiveness remain unknown.

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