Induction

Katherine - posted on 12/06/2010 ( 59 moms have responded )

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Who was induced early, or induced at all. What was your experience?

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Mary - posted on 12/07/2010

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Erin, I don't mean to be argumentative, but have you ever considered the possibility that what you experienced after the AROM would have happened even if your water had broken on it's own? There is no way either of us can know for sure, but I listen to your (subjective) account of what happened, and my gut is to say that you weren't in active labor prior to the AROM. Your water was broken, releasing all those prostaglandins, and active labor began. Many, many women have the same physical response you described without ANY interventions. For some of us, vomiting, the shakes, dizziness/lightheadedness/fainting are just our body's normal physiological reponse to active labor. Chances are you would have had the same response had your water broken on it's own hours later.



I mentioned this another thread, but I think it's a thought that bears repeating. There is this glorified notion out there that a birth without intervention means that ALL women will be up and about, walking, rocking, eating and drinking. That is just not true. Yes, some women are able to, but some of us have a harder time of it - in much the same way that some have easy pregnancies, whereas some of us have issues with daily vomiting, sciatica, migraines, or any other array of issues.



One of the hardest things to live with is the "what if's" of life. Many of us engage in this head game after our pregnancies and deliveries. The problem is, these are questions that can NEVER be answered.



You can wonder if things would have been somehow less intense if they had left you alone and waited for your water to break on it's own.



That's a possibility.



One could also wonder if they had left your alone, and it was another 12 hours before you water broke and active labor began if, by then, you would have been too physically and mentally exhausted to even push her down far enough to be pullable, and ended up with a section.



That a possibility as well.



Either scenario is entirely possible, but there is no way of knowing, with any amount of certainty, which would have occurred.

Mary - posted on 12/07/2010

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Oh -I didn't share my story!

Much to the horror of some of you, I was a completely elective induction for purely social reasons at 39 4/7.

I went to a group of 5 docs that I worked with. I like and trust all of them, but of the 5, I am close friends with the one who is my regular GYN doc. She was leaving the country on the 18th - it was a professional obligation that had been scheduled before I even got pregnant, and it was not something she could skip out on. I new early on that there was a strong possibility that she would be away when I delivered. The plan was that if she was gone, another of the docs with whom I am also friends would deliver me, regardless of who was on call.

I though I was okay with this, but when I went in for my weekly check at 39 weeks, I realized just how important it was to me to have this friend with me. She had seen me through all of my fertility crap, my divorce, and the miscarriage I had before Molly. She was the one I told before any other when I was pregnant, the one who held me when there was no heartbeat with that first pregnancy, and did the D&C after (which was rather involved because of my funky, right-angled cervix). I knew I could have this baby without her...I just didn't want to.

My cervix was favorable, and I really had reached a point where I was done with working, although I didn't want to go out before I delivered, because I didn't want to waste a second of my maternity leave. I asked to be induced the day before she left. I remember asking her if she though I was being unreasonable, and she said "Mary, you know the odds of being sectioned increase with an induction - but you've got a great cervix for a primip. It's your call" (this is a group that does not induce first time moms until they are 41 6/7 unless there is a medical indication).

They started the pit around seven am, she broke my water at 9am, and I wasn't even remotely uncomfortable until 11 am (which is when I would say I was truly in active labor). Molly was born at 6:17 pm, after only a handful of pushes. It was the most incredible, wondorous experience of my life. I would not change a single thing about that day, and I will always be glad that I chose to be induced - having my friend deliver my baby made it even better.

Krista - posted on 12/07/2010

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I wasn't induced early -- I did have GD, but my baby was showing no signs of being macrosomic, so my OB wanted to let me go a little longer.



However, the day before my due date, my membranes started leaking -- not much, but just enough that I knew what it was. This was at 9am. I went to the hospital and they kept me under observation. By 8am the next morning, I still had not had so much as one contraction, and was not dilating at all. But, it had been almost 24 hours since my membranes started leaking, and so they didn't want to let me go much longer, or risk infection.



So they started me on the pitocin drip at 8am or so, gradually increasing it throughout the day. Even then, I was not dilating, and only having periodic, mild contractions. At 6pm, they decided to schedule me for a c-section for 9pm. At 7pm, my membranes ruptured for real, and the contractions started with a vengeance. I had incredibly intense, painful piggyback contractions for over 2 hours before crying uncle and asking for an epidural (particularly as I STILL wasn't dilating -- damn stubborn cervix of mine!). Once I got the epidural and was able to rest and regroup, I wound up going from 1cm to 9cm in a pretty short time, started pushing at exactly midnight, and gave birth vaginally at 1:15 the next morning.



Would I have done anything differently? No. Do I wish I had been able to avoid all of that intervention? Of course, but neither our babies nor our bodies give a sweet damn what we want. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you exit that hospital healthy, and with a healthy baby. Everything else is just details.

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Rosie - posted on 12/08/2010

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oh i looked kate, it was the longest hour and 45 minutes of my life, lol! it decreased to 45 min. and 30 min. with each subsequent birth, but damn 8 min??
10 min?? lucky ducks, lol!! i couldn't figure out how to push with my first one. they told me to make like i'm having a bowel movement. i must have bowel movements different than everyone else cause that was utter crap.(no pun intended, hehe)

Minnie - posted on 12/08/2010

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Laura- doctors in the US can prescribe any drug for any purpose. The warnings are out there but often drugs are prescribed for off-label use. Like reglan- it's technically for stomach ulcers, but it is often prescribed to increase milk supply- and has some serious side effects.





I don't know how they get away with it. Cytotec for induction can cause fetal distress and even uterine rupture- once the drug is in you can't stop it like IV pitocin. I probably could have sued, but I felt it was too long after my birth when I found out what cytotec really was. I definitely wasn't given informed consent.

Jenn - posted on 12/08/2010

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@Shannen :) - I don't know what rate - but I do know that they had to keep increasing it because it wasn't working. They started the pitocin on Thursday afternoon and by that night nothing had happened (at that point it was turned all the way up). So I stayed the night (they had turned it off at 11pm) and they started it again at 7am. Finally by Friday night around 8pm the contractions started and they started HARD! I was barfing, blacking out, shivering, and finally gave in and begged for an epidural (I had planned on not having one). My son was born at 8:17am on Saturday.

Cassie - posted on 12/08/2010

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I was induced with both of my girls. They were two ENTIRELY DIFFERENT experiences. With Kiera, I was induced at 38 weeks with pre-e. It was the worst experience of my life. They used the foley-catheter(not sure if that is spelled correctly) to open up my cervix. Once that was removed, I was given a pitocin drip and put on magnesium. The magnesium was TERRIBLE. I would never wish that on any woman alive. I was in labor for 21 hours, pushed for an hour and a half, had a large tear. After Kiera was born, I was not allowed to be in the room alone with her for the first 36 hours because of the magnesium. A nurse actually refused at 3 am to sit in the room with me so that I could try to nurse her so I had to call my sister in to the hospital at 3 am so that I wasn't alone with Kiera. I also wasn't allowed to get out of bed for those first 36 hours.... It was horrible.

My induction with Emma was a completely different experience. I was induced for Colestasis of pregnancy (a disorder in which my liver stops functioning correctly which will slowly poison the baby) at 37 weeks. I had the foley-catheter and then was started on a pitocin drip. This time around though, I was allowed out of bed to sit on the ball or walk around the room or use the bathroom. I was in labor for 9 hours and only pushed for 5 minutes. I was also able to do this delivery without an epidural which is what I really wanted (yay me!) :)

Stifler's - posted on 12/08/2010

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My waters were broken for a splendid 26 hours. The worst bit of the whole ordeal was that stupid IV thing that got thrown around and bent during the birth. It annoyed me more than contractions and blood and amniotic fluid constantly gushing.

Kate CP - posted on 12/08/2010

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I guess I'm the only woman alive who can't remember how long I pushed for. I never looked at a clock...I was too busy working. :P

Amanda - posted on 12/07/2010

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I went into labor with all 4 of my children. But had to have my water broke with all as well. I had an epidural with all 4 after the contractions got too bad for me to handle, I'm a big wimp! But my drs told me that once they have to break your water that you are being induced. I had a problem with my oldest when I stopped having contractions, and they had to use petocion or however you spell it which kick starts labor I guess and it did work. They said the reason it stopped may have been from my epidural. Idk though. But all my labors weren't too long. 1st was 8hrs with 15min of pushing. 2nd was 7hrs and 10min of pushing. With 3rd was 6hrs of labor and 2min of pushing, and my last was 9hrs of labor and about 20min of pushing. So I'm glad it all went safely and smoothly! :)

Nikkole - posted on 12/07/2010

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i was FINALLY induced when i was a almost a week late with my son huh he just didnt want to come out! But it was horrible i ended up having an emergency c section i wish it would have gone differently but he was born healthy and safe thats all that matters :)

Bonnie - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was on blood thinners during my second pregnancy because I had a DVT in my leg a few years earlier so as a precaution I had to be on them just in case. I was told that either I could stay on them and if I went into labour while on them I COULD NOT have an epidural no matter what because I could bleed to death and die. So of course I panicked and during the last trimester of my pregnancy I kept praying, please don't let me go into labout early. My only other option was to be induced at 37 weeks so that way I could go off the blood thinners and if need be get an epidural no problem. So that is what I did and luckily, I didn't go into labour early. They gave me pitocin at 10:30am and asked me to walk around for a bit so I did. By 11:15, 11:30am the contractions started coming on really strong and fairly quick and I was having bad back labour. By 2:45pm, I started pushing and by 3:15pm my son was born:-) It was all really fast and wasn't a bad experience at all, but that pitocin is extremely strong and brings on contractions really fast.

Ez - posted on 12/07/2010

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I would like to know that too, Laura. It seems pretty clear that it is contraindicated for this use.

La - posted on 12/07/2010

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BTW I want to know how they are getting awya with continuing use of cytotec when the FDA warned against it?

La - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced with my first daughter at 41 weeks (because it was the hospital policy to not go over 41 weeks...I personally would have waited until 42 weeks before I opted for induction if I had a choice). We both reacted horribly to the cervical softener they gave me (cytotec). Consquently, we were rushed into the OR when my heart rate dropped to 70/40 and my daughter's dropped to 50. Scary experience.

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Thats crap.... I was so pushed it wasn't funny. Broke water at 1pm by 2 they wanted the drip on!

Kim - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced at 39 wks when my water broke. They really need to tell you what to expect when that happens in classes. i was hooked up to monitors and pitocin almost constantly. I had to stay in bed except to use the bathroom, then they would let me walk for 10 mins, then back in bed for another hour. Thing is when I walked my contractions got stronger, back in bed they stopped. I also had back labor. Pitocin and back labor = hell!! I couldn't wait for the epidural. I was actually over the time to allow it but the nurse got it for me anyway. YAY her!! My water broke at 3am, they started the pitocin at 8am, I was in transition about 2pm, needed the epi about 4pm, well more like 3 but my husband wouldn't get the nurse for me!! The OB was sure my son would be born about 5pm but he came at 7:09pm instead.

Jenn - posted on 12/07/2010

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With my first I was induced at 42 weeks and it was a horrible experience! They used pitocin and in my opinion it made things worse than it should have been. I was in labour for a long time and had to push for 3 hours! With my twins I was induced at 38 weeks and it was wonderful! All they did was break my water, I got up and walked around, and 3 hours after they broke my water the girls were born.

Minnie - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced the day before my due date. I had 'low' amniotic fluid and gasp my baby could die! (factoid- amniotic fluid levels fluctuate throughout the day and can be low if the mother is dehydrated).



So they stuck that good 'ol FDA-has-issued-a-warning-don't-induce-with-it cytotec pill in my cervix which left me with contractions on top of one another...fetal distress and low heart rate. If my body wasn't made for birthing and I didn't have that baby four hours after they put the pill in and push her out in eight minutes no doubt I would have had an emergency c-section. The stupid nurses even discounted me when I told them I had to push "oh, no, you can't be fully dilated yet."



Excuse me? Who's birthing the baby?



So I had a home water birth for my second. And will for this baby too.

Lacye - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced a week and a half before my due date and that was because my water had broken and my contractions had pretty much stopped. I hated it! I wanted to have a completely natural birth, no drugs and vaginally. That didn't happen. Because I had such a bad reaction to the medicine and I was in a bunch of pain, they told me I had to get an epidural or a c-section. Can't complain too much though because that epidural was awesome!

Kate CP - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was kind of induced...my labor started naturally and then stalled out 24 hours later. I was exhausted and just wanted the baby out so I got the pit drip. 4 hours later she was born. :)

Becky - posted on 12/07/2010

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I wasn't induced with my second. I went into labor naturally at 38 weeks 6 days. Overall, I wouldn't say the labor itself was all that different, other than an hour shorter, but the birth experience was definitely different. With my first, I was in the hospital overnight the night before, with an IV, hooked up to monitors, stuck in bed, with my blood pressure being checked every hour or so. With my second, I slept, actually pretty well, in my own bed until I started having contractions at 5:30 am. I got up and wandered around the house, went into the bonus room and curled up in the recliner and checked facebook and watched TV, responded to my son when he woke up... At 7:30ish, I was going to try to go back to bed, but I had a contraction as I was getting back into bed and it woke my husband up. He told me to call my parents to come watch Cole and he was going to take a shower (since I'd only been in labor 2 hours). But, when I had another contraction before he made it into the bathroom, he called my parents back and said, meet us at the hospital, we're going now! Good thing, because Zach was born 19 minutes after we arrived there! My oldest was small for gestational age, so he had to be monitored closely, and was jaundiced, so we were there 5 days after he was born with him under the bili lights. With Zach, I was released the next day by noon. With Cole, I think it was 7-8 weeks before I was no longer in pain. With Zach, I was pretty much back to my old self within about 2 weeks. So, although the labor wasn't really much easier (it was a bit, I'm lucky in labor!) the overall experience was wayyyyy better the second time around.

Ez - posted on 12/07/2010

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Hopefully I can get through this before I get summoned by the Lil Miss. We'll see lol.



Mary, all of those outcomes you mentioned have definitely crossed my mind. More than once. The 'what if' game is a bitch!



There were a lot of factors that led to my birth taking the course it did. I firmly believe I did go to hospital too soon, but because it was a first baby and I knew I was already dilated to a 4 (3 days earlier), I went in after having regular ctx at home for about 4 hours. I got there at 4.30pm and my notes say active labour commenced at 7.30pm. But I'm not sure if that's because that's when they checked me and found me to be 5cm, or based on my ctx. Either way, I have also questioned whether I was in active labour or not before the AROM. I had been having regular ctx every 3mins for about 5 hours, and they were needing my concentration, but certainly not the body-crunching pain that came later. Part of me thinks they pushed for the AROM because I was booked for the induction the next day anyway. Part of me thinks I wouldn't have gone in when I did if I hadn't been booked for induction the next day.



I know there are no guarantees, in birth or in life. My body may have reacted to my waters breaking spontaneously in the same way, but my gut says no. And if they'd left me alone, my labour may have fizzled out overnight, meaning I would have been induced first thing in the morning anyway. But again, my gut says no. My labour was progressing - ctx getting harder and lasting longer - but just not as fast as they wanted. And by 'they' I mean the hospital protocol that expects 1cm an hour once in active labour.

Tara - posted on 12/07/2010

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Forgot to add, not only was my daughter very tiny and her skin was almost see through etc. she was also born with pitikey eye (sp?), meaning all the blood vessels in her eyes popped, the whites of her eyes were red. The nurse said it was cause she came so fast, once I was fully dilated I pushed once, and not even all the way through and she came shooting out onto the bed, the doctor didn't even have time to catch her (he was sitting back on his wheely stool, looking smug because he had just finished telling ME that I didn't have the urge to push yet, but he could wait it was alright with him. )

I had wanted a midwife for that birth, but lived in a city that only had one and she was booked.
But after that, I said I would never use a dr. again unless I was high risk.
3 midwife assisted homebirths later and I still say it is night and day.
Oh and for whoever said before about cleaning up after a homebirth, with all my births midwives cleaned everything up, fed me and hubby breakfast, made the kids snacks, did the laundry, tidy the bedroom and fed the dogs, plus made sure that the dishes were all loaded in the dishwasher and the counters were wiped down. I loved my midwives and the care they take. We are still friends in fact.

Morgan - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced on my due date my daughter had tachycardia and a heart rate of about 290bpm I was on a very strong heart med to lower her heart rate so they wanted her out so she could go to the NICU to be monitored, they first put a liitle ballon thing behind my cervix and said when I got to 2cm it would fall out, then they would break my water, it took about 3 hours to reach 2cm then they broke my water, 6 hours later I was still 2cm so they started the potocin (sp) after about 5 more hours I started to get stuck in contractions for like 10-12 minutes at a time, it was brutal so they had to turn of the drip, then they said I should have the epidural early so they could turn it back on and they would just make sure that the baby was not getting stressed, the first guy tried about 8 times to freeze my back and get the epidural in with no luck, he called in his boss and she tried about 7 times with no luck, she kept saying I must have had a back injurey because there was no way she could get it in, I told her I wanted her to stop trying andthen they said if I had to have a csection I would be put to sleep and I would miss out on the birth of my daughter, so they were going to put the drip back on 10 minute contractions or not, after about 9 more hours of almost passing out in pain babys heart rate dropped to 90bpm I was actully looking forward to having a csection by this point but nope, they said when I was contracting the cord was being squished and causing her heart rate to drop so they filled me back up with saline so there would be no pressure on her cord. Then a nurse came in and said there had been a shift change and the new Epidural guy had heard about my case and wanted to talk, I gave in and let him try again only 2 more trys and he got it!!! 17 trys for a god dam epidural but he got it and I was for a little while anyway in heaven!! I ended up being in labor for 48 hours and pushing for 4 more after 4 hours of pushing the doctor said he was going to try the forceps, I had a 3rd degree tear and 33 stiches, but the best part was the nurse dident tell my doctor that I was full of saline, so when he took the baby out it was like a tidel wave of water lol it even got in his mouth!!! lmao
well anyway I was induced and it sucked balls!!!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/07/2010

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My tubes are tied, so I will never have to go through this...but I have heard such terrible stories of being induced. I am glad to hear some of you it went very smoothly!

Mary - posted on 12/07/2010

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Krista, I remember praying feverently before she checked me that my cervix was favorable, because I knew if it wasn't, I'd be having that baby while she was in Isreal. Not only would I not have done it, but she wouldn't have let me.

I was actually contracting the morning I went in to be induced, and that nasty mucous plug had already come out as well, Chances are, I would have been in later that night on my own. Obviously, it was meant to be, since I had such a (relatively) quick and easy labor. With all that I know, and all that I have seen, there is absolutely nothing I wish had gone differently that day.

Krista - posted on 12/07/2010

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I'm not horrified at all, Mary. Mind you, that's because I know you, and I know that if things HADN'T been favourable, you would have waited, rather than push your body and baby into something for which they weren't ready.

I think your situation is a far cry from people who are determined to be induced on a particular date (especially a pre-term date) for social reasons, and take no consideration of what is actually going on with their body.

Rosie - posted on 12/07/2010

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i was induced with my last 2 children. my first induction happened the day after i was due. he had been having issues with his heartrate going crazy high, like in the 200's, and it was getting old to me. i was concerned, and they just kept on wanting to keep me hooked up to machines for 2 hours everytime for the last 2 months. i said, can't you just induce me? and they said yeah. my cervix was at a 3-4 and ready. they broke my water (not very well) and had me wait. nothing was happening. so a couple hours later they gave me pitocin. couldn't get his heartrate, which was important cause of all the problems they had earlier, so they had to do internal monitors. they found a huge forebag of water that needed broke, broke it and put the monitors on. after that i got an epidural and had him a couple hours later.
my third child i was induced at 39 weeks 1 day. they thought he was big, i had SPD, and was just plain miserable. my cervix was favorable again, 3-4 cm. and i was effaced a bit, can't remember but i think it was 50%. same thing, broke my water, waited gave me pitocin and i got an epidural and he was here a couple hours later.

both of my induced births were hella easier than my first. although i did wait with my first to get an epidural till i was 8-9 cm which i was stuck at forever before the epidural. it was hell. i was shitting nonstop, wanting to puke, i hurt so bad my body just shut down. afterwards sucked as well. i couldn't walk or do anything. i was also cathederized with that one. it sucked pretty much until that precious epidural. i learned my lesson though, lol!

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I was induced at 37 weeks exactly w/ the girls. I had many extenuating circumstances that led to that decision. They started my pit (I believe) around 8, but I still never started 'real' labor... sure, I was contracting all the time, but no differently than I had been for the past 3 months. They broke my water and shortly after that... baby B's heart rate went up. I had a 'semi-emergency' c-section and she was stuck in my ribs so badly that the doc literally 'jumped' on me to dislodge her.

I do sometimes wonder if things had gone differently if I hadn't chosen the induction, but I have no way of knowing if things would've been better... or if one or both of my girls could've died. I'm confident that I made the best decision I could under our circumstances.

Katherine - posted on 12/07/2010

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That's how I felt, Jocelyn. If I ever have another, I am definitely going with a midwife!!!



edit to add: I can't believe all the crap they can shove up there!!!

Esther - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced 5 days before my due date. I had high bloodpressure and was at risk of pre-eclempsia. My doctor didn't want to risk complications at birth and neither did I. It was a great experience. I had no problems whatsoever and neither did my son. I did have a nurse whisper to my husband during the labor "it's a good thing she's being induced" because I think my bloodpressure was spiking again during that time, but I never experienced it as anything other than a pretty straightforward delivery and I could have walked out of the room if they had let me.

Jocelyn - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced with Conner. He was 10 days overdue. They broke my water and hooked me up to the pitocin.

It was the worst experience in the world. Everything that I specifically didn't want to happen was basically forced on me (internal monitors and such).



Edited to add: My first experience was one of the reasons I was so determined to have a midwife/home birth the second time around. It was night and day.

Katherine - posted on 12/07/2010

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So who any of you have had in any other way? I so wish I could have gone naturally.
I think that would have been a better experience for me :)

Amanda - posted on 12/07/2010

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April- VBAC is great, but, i don't think it's recommended to do a homebirth because (although small) the chances of uterine rupture are higher.... i know when i was in labor with my 2nd (aiming for a VBAC) everyone at the hospital was so supportive, and they didn't push for it but they did recommend an epidural so that if complications did arise they i would be ready for an emergency c-section (because if rupture occurs there is a very small window of time to get baby out).... just some things to consider :)
as far as inductions go.... i'm not against them, but if they result in failure to progress and there is no medical issues with the baby or mother i feel the mother should be sent home to wait for baby to be ready (which they do at the Drs office i go to) rather than head in for a c-section

Tara - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced with my third baby, my doctor was a dick and leaving all holidays when I was 5 days past due (which I didn't know till right after giving birth) so when I went in at 4 days past due, he told me he wanted to induce the next day because the baby was big, he "thought" my fluid levels would be low and he wasn't sure I could birth a big baby.

So he induced with a cervical gel that softens the cervix, that's all I needed and contractions started full force, hard and fast and close together. I went naturally for the labour and delivery, so with the exception of being induced I had a natural birth. But..... she was premature, he had my dates wrong, she was only 6 lbs 6 ounces. and she was still translucent and covered in vernix. The nurses were surprised her blood sugar didn't drop, they put her at about 2 weeks early. I was so pissed at him, and when he didn't show up the next morning to discharge me, I asked where he was and they said "Skiing in Vermont" NICE.

He clearly didn't want to lose out on the payment for my delivery by going away and letting some on call doc do it.

Either way she was healthy, but it was the worst labour I have ever had out of all 6 kids. Hardest delivery too, but the smallest baby.

edited to say that she was my smallest baby until Riley was born last year, exactly 3 weeks early, at home weighing 5 lbs 12 ounces.

Mary - posted on 12/07/2010

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April, I have no personal knowledge of your situation, so I really can't comment on it. What was the reasoning that made you agree to be induced?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/07/2010

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@Mary, those are the EXACT physical responses to labor my sister had!

April - posted on 12/07/2010

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Let me be physically and mentally exhausted...I want the opportunity to TRY. I was robbed of that opportunity. I was induced on December 21, had c-section Dec 22 and he was not even DUE until Dec. 29. He was very tiny and small when he came out and LOOKED like he needed more time "cooking"

April - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced a week from my due date, which resulted in a stagnated, actually NON-EXISTENT labor and led to a c-section. It made me never want to give birth in a hospital ever again. We are planning to TTC sometime after the new year and I am going to do my very best to have a home birth and vbac.

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I was induced at 39 weeks due to GD. It wasn't that bad. I went in on a Sunday night. The Friday before my doctor had stripped my membranes (ouch!) so I was having contractions on my own when I got to the hospital for my scheduled induction. On Monday morning they started me on pitocin, I had an epidural at around 1pm and then I started pushing at about 5pm. I pushed for 45 mintues and my daughter was born. I had a second degree tear, but I felt perfectly fine. My daugher was fine as well. All in all, it was a pretty good experience for me, and I didn't feel as if my doctor was making decisions for me without my input. He, in fact, wanted me to have the final say in everything he suggested that we do.

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Katherine, you had pneumonia while giving birth? That is horrible!

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She was 9lb 6oz, 55cm long with a 36cm head. Plenty big enough, but not as big as the scans showed. Which is another reason why inducing for macrosomia is a total crapshoot. You could be induced at 39 weeks and wind up with a 6 pounder.

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I was booked for induction at 41+4, after being checked every 2-3 days from 39 weeks. Doctors were expecting my daughter to be 11lbs, so I was willing to consent to an induction after 39 weeks as long as my Bishop's score was good and my cervix favourable. Well, that didn't happen until an appointment when I was 41+1 (Friday). I was found to be 4cm with a bulging bag and was booked for induction the following Monday morning. Like everyone joked that it would, my labour started Sunday afternoon.

So while I technically avoided the induction, my labour was augmented with an AROM when I stalled at 5cm for a couple of hours (and pitocin, but that was much later). It was terrible. I will never consent to having my water broken again. Ever. The actual procedure was fine, but the unnaturally sudden onset of intense contractions sent my body into shock and I started vomiting and fainting. Which meant I was then confined to bed. Which meant I needed the pitocin etc. Ever heard of the cascade of interventions? Well, I had it. And it sucked.

I think inductions certainly have their place, but are over-utilised and the risks downplayed. I was lucky and had a doctor who was very upfront about the likelihood of an induction working on an unfavourable cervix. Many women are not afforded this respect, and go into an induction thinking they're about to meet their baby, then end up with a c-section for Failure to Progress. Yeah no shit it didn't progress... she was barely a fingertip dilated and nowhere near ready to birth.

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I was induced when I was 15 days overdue, they broke my waters. It was a bit gross (lol) but it got things going!!
Once they'd broken my waters though, they found that she was breech, so I had an emergency C-section.

I didn't mind being induced at all though. My experience was a good one.

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Emma i had Gestational diabetes and they were predicting a big baby. Biggest load of shit i have ever heard!

Tracey - posted on 12/07/2010

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I was induced twice when I was 2 weeks late, neither of the attempts worked. My son came out when he was good and ready - 19 days late and weighing 10lbs.

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I was induced 5 weeks early to avoid an emergency C-section due to Pre E. I was given a slow working drug inserted just inside my cervix, that was at about 8pm and my waters were broken while removing the drugs at 9am the following morning. My labour didn't really start till my waters were broken and my daughter was born 4 hours later.

My contractions were really hard and I was begging for the epidural but it all happened to fast, the midwife's were not expecting a 4 hour delivery for a first time mum.

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Induced 3 days early but the DR wanted it sooner. I hated the way it went. I was about 2cm anyway so they broke my water and i started getting light very very light contractions. They were apparently not good enough for the midwives and they wanted to start me on the drip right away. I said hell no and got 1 hour longer in which i started getting stronger contractions they still were not happy with it and pushed me to take the drip. Started the drip and that was pushed so fast. all this because they reckon due to having a 1 hour labour with my 2nd child this one should have been just as fast!
If i had been able to go natural i think my labour might have been like my 2nd one a very fast but i wouldnt have torn and i don't think it would have been as intense. But i guess i'll never know.

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