Post # 1
Hello Hive! xo
Our little one is being induced 3 weeks early on dec 7th. I’ve been doing some reading on inductions and was surprised by the percentages of women who end up having to get C-sections done after the induction fails to work / baby gets distressed. So i thought i would toss a poll up here and see what our bee comunity experienced!
Also if anyone has any helpful tips or perhaps things they wished they would have brought along to the hospital durring your induction feel free to comment!
Personal stories appreciated!
Post # 3
A friend of mine was induced. The baby was lying right on her siatic nerve for weeks. But she was induced and delivered vaginally. She went in at like 5 am because they knew it might take awhile. I wonder how much ‘hospital hurry’ is the reason for the C sections. No way to know. Good luck. Either way you get your baby out!
Post # 4
@MrsHoneyC: My sister was induced. Well, she went into labor naturally but her cervix didn’t dialate much so they gave her pitocin. That didn’t help so she had a c-section. May I ask why you’re inducing 3 weeks early? I’m just wondering because I didn’t know that people did that. Is it a medical reason or just for convenience/timing?
Post # 5
@idoalterations: Oh i dont mind at all, i am struggling with Hypertension (high blood pressure) & some early preeclampsia issues, so my OB wants baby out as soon as i hit 37 weeks, which is the 7th of decemeber for the safety of the baby & myself. I’m currently on a modified bedrest, only one outing a day. Thanks for sharing your sisters story!
Post # 6
From what I understand from a friend’s experience with pre-eclampsia: inductions often fail when the body isn’t ready to deliver yet (i.e. when scheduled for convenience, impatience, etc.), but when pre-eclampsia is a factor, they are often more successful because the body kind of needs to give birth in order to re-establish its equilibrium.
Post # 7
Oh, no! Sorry you’re having a rough time with your pregnancy!
One of my friends needed a “Pitocin jump” with all of her kids! She stalls out at 2cm, gets some Pitocin in her, and BOOM! Two hours later there’s a kid!
She’s never had a c-section, but she also goes natural aside from the Pitocin, so no epidural! And from what I hear, the epidural is what gets you!
Post # 8
I was induced with Pitocin and had a c-section, but I didn’t vote because I would have needed a c-section regardless. I wanted to go all natural, but had to be induced at 41 weeks with high blood pressure. I labored for 39 hours (24 without an epidural) and only dilated to 5 or 6 cm. My water broke 9 hours in, and at the end I spiked a fever and the baby was in distress so it was c-section time. My midwife assisted in the c-section and said that there was no way I would ever be able to give birth naturally because my pelvis is way too small for any head to fit. So it’ll be all c-sections for me :-/
I don’t blame the Pitocin for any of it except that it made my contractions absolute hell, even when I was barely dilated.
Post # 9
@MrsHoneyC: I was induced at 39+2 because they suspected that my water had been leaking slowly over a couple of days and my blood pressure became pretty high. They had difficulty finding the right balance of pitocin for me, but it eventually worked out. I also had an epidural that stalled my labor for a bit. in the end, I pushed for 2 hours and had my baby vaginally. Riley was born with the cord wrapped around her neck once, and she was covered in meconium. I didn’t know, but my DH said her heart rate was dropping while I was pushing.
Post # 10
@Cory_loves_this_girl: I have a question. Sorry to thread jack OP. But when people say they pushed for two hours. Is it literally pushing every contraction for 2 hours ?
Post # 11
@BellaDee: Maybe not every contraction, but actively pushing. At the beginning of my pushing, they kind of told me when I was having contractions and to push, but then I started being able to feel this need to push and I was leading the pushing. It’s a good thing I felt the need to push because the machine that tracks contractions was delayed for some reason.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the personal stories ladies! I’m okay with however it goes but it would prefer a vaginal birth obviously over surgery. Just want our little man to be born healthy.
Post # 13
I was induced a week and a half after my due date. I was sure it was going to turn into a C-section, but it didn’t. I was in labor for about 28 hours before I had finally dilated enough to get an epidural. Once I had the epidural, my body did what it need to do quickly so a C-section was not needed!
@BellaDee: I pushed for an hour and a half and I pushed every contraction. The urge to push was so strong that I needed to push- and that was with an epidural.
Post # 14
My induction worked really well, but I ended up with a c-section because of the baby’s position. The only thing I would say is to try less intense methods first, like a membrane sweep, breaking your waters, and a pessary. I just had the pessary and it worked within 4 hours of insertion. Labour was a lot less intense because there wasn’t any pitocin involved. I also did a LOT of walking prior to labour to get the babies in a good position (which didn’t actually work) and ripen up my cervix (which worked really well).
Post # 15
@MrsHoneyC: My sister was induced at 40 weeks this past March. She checked into the hopsital at Midnight on March 27th. They gave her 2-3 doses of cervidil to soften the cervix and start the labor process and it didnt work. They decided to start her on pitocin but were only able to get her to 4 cm (some of that was by manually stretching). She ended up having to have the baby by c section at about 7 pm March 27th because the baby was going into distress.
I know there are a lot of factors that go into this and everyone is different but she wanted to induce at 40 weeks. Ultimately I have decided to wait until 41 if that is a possibility. Of course if the doctor wants me to induce early I will do it.
Post # 16
I was induced three weeks ago at 37 weeks due to my water breaking. I ended up having a successful vaginal birth, but I owe it all to my midwives’ advocacy for me. I didn’t deliver until 64 hours after my water broke because both baby and I were doing great with no signs of infection. The induction took a long time and I think other doctors would not have let me go that long with my water broken. I think it has a lot to do with the doctors and nurses. I hope everything works out well for you!