Saturday, March 6, 2010

What do you think?

I read this article on the Star-Telegram online this morning and found it very interesting! Moms (or moms to be) what do you think?

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8 comments:

JMMSchoenfield said...

I completely agree that unless medically neccessary you shouldnt induce. God wants women to grow babies for 40 weeks for a reason. If you have had the baby for that long anyway, whats a few more weeks? I still wish I hadnt induced with Maddie and I was already 8 days PAST my due date. My body wasn't ready thats why I never dilated past a 1 after being on pitocin for 8 hours, and thus ended up having to have a C-Section on my first birth. Now I will never be able to experience a natural child birth. On top of that, inducing causes contractions to be much more painful than going into labor naturally. God made every woman strong enough to bare babies so toughen up and deal with it, lol.

Erica @ on the move said...

Before 39 weeks and not medically necessary? No way. The odds of the baby ending up in the NICU before 39 weeks are really high, and at 39 weeks your chances aren't any higher than they are at 40 or 41 weeks. Also, when you induce, there is a 30% you'll end up with a c-section. Under normal circumstances it's 15%. You double your chances of needing major surgery! One more thing - an induction takes a looooong time.

That being said, I was induced with 2 of the 3. I didn't know the dirty facts when I was electively induced with Cate at 39 weeks. Apparently, though, when your cervix is "favorable", as mine was (3 cm, fully effaced, baby had dropped into pelvis), the induction is much, much more likely to have a good outcome. From the time they started the pitocin til I delivered her, it was 13 1/2 hours. With Blythe I was induced at 40 weeks because my blood pressure wasn't looking good. The conditions were not as favorable (3 cm, 50% effaced, baby still up high) with her, so it took 17 hours til she was delivered. (Though it was only two hours from when they were able to break my water until she was born.)

It's so miserable at the end of your pregnancy, but overall I think it's best to hang on if you can and so long as the baby is doing well. There are, of course, circumstances that might make it worth it to take the risk, however. I know in the military it's relatively common for moms to be induced before Dad deploys so he doesn't miss the birth and can see his baby.

Something's Gotta Give said...

That's really interesting. I think it's such a personal thing. I decided to be induced on my due date because I was terrified of going into labor on my own, I didn't want to go into labor on Christmas, and my husband's schedule is such that there was a chance he wouldn't be able to be there for the delivery if I didn't schedule it. I also wanted my doctor there, and she just happened to be on call the day after my due date. She was certain that I would need a c-section, because my cervix was so unfavorable. I was given cervidil the night of and pitocin the morning after. From the hour I went in to when I delivered was only about 14 hours, and it was all pretty easy. I really lucked out, because I know a lot of inductions don't go so well, especially with first babies.

I would do it again, but not before 40 weeks. And I'm a-ok with pain meds, so that made it easier too. If I wanted a natural birth, I wouldn't choose pitocin unless I had to. It does make contractions go faster.

Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Neal said...

I was so happy that i never had to think about the "induce" word. Brady came three days earlier! But even if he hadn't, I would have gone as long as my doctor would have allowed!!

PS- I love the plate in the previous post! SOOO cute! Where did you get it?!

Stephanie said...

I'm with them. I was induced 2 of the 4 times..it hurt SO much worse that way!! It didn't take longer necessarily, but it was so special getting that surprise of "it's time!!" with the other two. God's timing is always the best timing...

Blonde Bookworm! said...

I am not a mom (not even close to be one!) but I don't women should induce unless its absolutely medically warranted. Women have been having babies since the beginning of time (obviously) and plenty of women have been able to put up the uncomfort and pain that comes from it so I'm not sure why we are selling ourselves short nowadays...stay strong ladies!! Haha oh and I am %100 sure my view on this will change once I am wobbling around preggers! lol

The Holik's said...

Great topic!!

I was induced at 39 weeks, 2 days with my first baby. I really don't know why, other than I was a nervous wreck to go into labor on my own, and I trusted my doctor. I would NOT have done it, but I had a very favorable cervix, dilated, baby low, and everything.

Also, my labor was easy as pie. We went in at 4, and had her at 3. which I don't consider a long labor especially for your first. I felt no bad pains.

So, would I do it again, probably, but not any earlier. I definetely think NOT if you are before 39 weeks, and there is no medical reasons!!

Heather said...

I wanted to wait until the baby was ready. No induction for me. I hope your trip to Germany is going well!

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