(Closed) Experience w/ a Foley Catheter?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@spraguebride: I have never had one but my best friend did and she was able to sleep with it in (with no pain meds) So it cant be that bad 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

This blog post from Everybody Births has someone using the Foley Ball. It doesn’t sound like happy fun times, but it sounds like the labor with it was way better than one that would include an induction with drugs. At least it was for her.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I just had a c-section on the 20th in which I had a foley put in. I don’t have a ton of insight in regards to them putting it in because I already had a spinal so I felt nothing. As for after it was in it had no discomfort. It was also an added bonus to not have to use the bathroom all the time! lol. When they removed it it was slightly uncomfortable but happened so quickly it was no big deal. Good luck! And enjoy your little one!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I couldn’t even feel mine! I didn’t know I had it in until my husband told me.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I denied it after reading horror stories on the internet….I was induced on a Friday evening with Pitocin and delivered on Sunday Morning. I assume that it would probably be too soon to get an epi, so if internal’s are uncomfortable, think about if they never came back out! Interntals were extremely painful for me, so there was no way they were leaving a balloon in me! I would definitely say to try to give your body SOME chance before just forcing dilation, but that is just my opinion. Good Luck!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I worked in L&D and have never heard of this.   Interesting.   I have heard of patients getting  laminaria put in their cervixes to start dilation.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I work in L&D, and it’s a reasonably common tool to use.  The way I explain it to people is that we need to soften/dilate your cervix before the contractions can be effective, otherwise it’s like contracting against a wall.  A foley bulb in the cervix is one tool, but there are medications that also soften the cervix and cause contractions.  Your doctor will figure out which options he/she thinks will work best once they figure out what your cervical exam is.  From my experience, some people tolerate the cervical foley bulb fine, and others beg to have it taken out after a couple minutes, in which case we remove it and try something else. Either way, it’ll all work out.

And FYI, they used to just use a regular foley (like for your bladder), but now there are specialized bulbs that are meant for your cervix, and some hospitals use those.  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I do not trust doctors, in particular the ones on 24 hour shifts in l&d who are not my primary. They have a reason other than to speed up the process for giving me a Foley. I had no ill effects from denying it, and 22 months later, I can say that neither my son nor I suffered any because we didn’t have an unnecessary procedure done. Did your doctor tell you that you had to be dialated before induction? I’m sure I don’t know your whole story, but in my case it was an unnecessary procedure, and I am glad I opted not to stress about it.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I was induced but have never heard of using a Foley catheter.  My gyn used something like sticks that were inserted in the cervix to soften it and start labor (I don’t remember what they were).  But that was a while ago, so maybe this is a new thing.  Either way, it should be fine.  Just expect it to go slow at first-I spent a whole day in mild labor before the real show got started. No worries-positive thoughts:)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

No comment about the foley but my baby had to get it for her kidney testing and she seemed ok once it was inserted. 

Lots of love and prayers for you for tomorrow’s induction. I’ll be checking back for the news on your little bundle of joy on the way!! It’s all worth it!! 🙂 But you already know that. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

The good thing about it being a balloon is they can deflate it if it gets uncomfortable.

I’ve heard great things about using it to help you dialate, I hope that all goes well!

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