Post # 1
I’ve noticed that long before their due dates, many of my friends already have inductions scheduled. For example, if they are due April 30, at the beginning of April they may already have a induction scheduled for May 3, for no medical reason, just because it’s past their due date.
What are your thoughts on induction? When would you get induced?
Post # 3
I think (I am trying to remeber, we just talked about this in my women/children nursing class!) that most doctors really consider much after a week from their due date is getting to a point where it wouldn’t be safe to try a vaginal delivery because the baby is still growing and may not fit through the pelvis. And a baby getting stuck can be a serious medical issue requiring a C-section. Plus, the placenta is made to last 40 weeks, after that is starts to calcify and can keep the baby from getting the oxygen, blood and nutrition it needs. So it is kind of a coving you bases thing I think. It is easier to just go ahead and get on the schedule so that if you haven’t deliveried by then you know when you are going in.
I think that scheduling an induction ahead of time if you go over term is a much better option than what some docs around here have been doing (luckly, they have started to realize it isn’t very good!) to schedule elective c-sections at 38-39 weeks! If they are off a few days in the age calucaltions there can be some significant lung growing to do still! But luckily that is going out of vouge now.
Post # 4
Only for medical reasons. I think as long as my body is the best place for a baby to be it should stay there. When that is no longer true, it should be born.
Post # 5
Only for medical reasons here too. Baby will come when it’s ready, IMO.
Post # 6
@abbyful: I had a very bad experience being induced with DS and hope to never have it happen again. With that said I would not be induced again unless it was for medical reasons which was the case with DS. It turned my “natural” birth plan into one intervention after another. Not fun.
Post # 7
It is my understanding that this IS for medical reasons that doctors do the prescheduling – it’s just a side benefit that it “gets the ball rolling”. So, I don’t understand why it’d be a bad thing? It sounds like you are judging your friends without all the info.
Post # 8
I would only want to be induced for medical reasons. I’ve heard that induced labours are awful and aside from not wanting to go through that, I’m going to trust the medical professionals’ opinions on when the baby needs to come out. I’m sure by the end I will be so ready to just meet my baby already but it’s not my call to decide when the baby is going to arrive.
Post # 9
I would not get induced unless there was a significant medical necessity or I was 2 weeks past due.
Post # 10
I should also say that induced labors are simply giving artifically high amounts (for the time) of the natural hormone that gets labor going in normal births. There can be complications but the point is that your body isn’t producing the correct amounts of the hormone required to kick start contractions and cervical effacment for birth.
Post # 11
Just to clarify, induction is done using an artificial version (pitocin) of the natural hormone (oxytocin).
There are too many negative side effects for me to ever be comfortable with that option unless there was an important medical reason. That said, please don’t mistake my strong feelings about it for judgement! Every woman has to make that call for herself and her baby and I understand that there are many reasons of personal value that women choose to go ahead with the procedure.
Post # 12
Only for medical reasons! And if I go over my due date then at 41 weeks I will gladly go for daily/every other day NST to check & make sure baby & placenta are well… as long as they are ain’t nobody touching me with pit, cervidil, a sweep, nothin’.
I’ve seen failed inductions too many times that end in cesarean for the simple fact that baby was NOT ready and once started the baby HAD to be delivered… one way or another. =/
I am also against augmenting my labor….. even if my water has already broken. I’m on the side of keep your hands out of my vag and “risk of infection” goes WAY down. lol
Post # 13
I would definitely induce for post-dates, macrosomia (very large baby), or a host of other indications (blood sugars dropping in Gestational diabetes indicating placental insufficiency, decreased movement indicating fetal distress, etc). I work in NICU, and I can’t pretend that I haven’t seen a lot of bad things happen to babies who should have been born earlier. If my OB thinks it is necessary, and can communicate the reason to me, I trust her, and will do whatever is necessary to improve my chances of a safe arrival for my baby, even if it sucks for me.
Post # 14
I just had a baby that was induced for medical reasons so I certainly agree with that. And as others have stated above after 2 weeks there is serious risk to the baby so that would be considered a medical reason.
Post # 15
I think being induced for anything other than medical reasons isn’t healthy. A baby will come when it’s ready, unless there’s something wrong.
Nature’s been doing this for thousands of years, no need to tamper with it unless it’s necessary, I think.
Post # 16
Only for medical emergency reasons. I would never be induced unless absolutely necessary. They wanted to induce my mom with me, and she refused. I came when I was good and ready 🙂