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    If I have to be induced, is there anything I can do to avoid further interventions? Specifically, how can I avoid an emergency Caesar? I've heard that inductions can lead to stronger contractions and a more distressed bub - which leads to caesarean.


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    I have heard this too, but I had 3 inductions and no problems I went the theory that every labour is unique.

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    Gabi, the surest way is not to be induced. I am sure Kelly will post in here when she sees it. Her last two clients who were induced had bad outcomes, so I'm sure she will want to point out the risks of induction and some ways to avoid it. Mostly when inductions are done there is no medical need, with monitoring it is safe to go longer than 40 weeks.

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    Gab, unfortuneatly in my case it wasn't the best situation. I was induced due to waters breaking and there being meconium. After 60mg of the hormone i was onlyn 2 cm dialated. Bubs heart rate was jumping rapidly from 175 to 80 and contractoins werent close together. I laboured on my own with no pain relief for 4 hours before i couldnt handle it anymore they were so intense. Then due to fetal distress i was taken for an emergency cesar.

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    I was induced with DD1 after my waters broke, and labour didn't happen naturally. I was one of the lucky ones where everything went smoothly and didn't need an emergency c/s. But I know many do. Yes, the contractions are a lot more intense. If it's not completely necessary to be induced, then try not to be.

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    60% of first time mums being induced end in ceasarean section. Once you start intervention, then doctors and midwives will continue the interventions through to the end. If you google 'cascade of intervention' then I'm sure you will find some good info. If you don't need to be induced then don't be induced. Tiredness, partner going away, sick of being pregnant, sore back, big baby and being 40 weeks are not good reasons to have an induction. That's the best way to avoid the c/s at the end. And remember it's not just about this birth, but your next births, as having a c/s or traumatic birth this time, will influence you and your caregivers next time and make your battles that much harder.

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    As the other posters have said, to lessen your chances of having a c/s don't be induced. Not all end in c/s but alot do too. If you are going to be induced, I would suggest that it doesn't happen until at least 42 weeks, they can monitor you to make sure everything is ok with bubby and your placenta. I would also get them to make sure that your body is ready -I was one of the unlucky ones too. My body simply was not ready - 3 days before the induction my cervix was not ready however they still induced me a few days later without checking to see if my cervix was even ready. I should have said something then. I was also only 10 days over - it seems like a lifetime but really, the long term effects and consequences as Samantha mentioned are worth a few extra days. I now have the limitations and stress associated with going for a VBAC, being classed as high risk at every turn, the worry of what will happen if I do have another c/s and how I will look after my girl. Sorry to be a downer but really unless there is an absolutely medical reason for it, not being late, or bub too big or a weekend coming up etc. then I would strongly suggest you disagree to any intervention.

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    Some people have no problems but it shouldn't be treated lightly. My last two clients who had inductions just recently, one with gels one with synt:

    1 lost her uterus, 2nd (last night) got uterine hyperstimulation and incredibly intense contractions with slow dilation and had a c/s. Both inductions were avoidable but that was my clients decision and thats what they wanted, I was willing to support them and they heard my concerns. One was told her baby was big (ended up an 8lber) and one was told blood pressure was eratic (details are sketchy will find out more) but was normal on induction day. Both first time mums.

    So while they can go fine, if there is no medical reason for induction, you gotta think about it properly. What are you willing to barter? If its to save your baby's life I would risk my uterus any day. But if my baby was really fine, then I wouldn't risk my uterus and my ability to have more children in future.
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    Hi,

    had pre- labour for weeks!!! My waters broke at 41weeks 4days a Wed, I had a slow leak.... Cervix was not ripe... Hospital too busy to induce me on Thursday (tried everything to get bubba going!) Induced on Friday 09:00.... no gel straight on the drip, meconium present, bub prosterior.... bub finally born via vac @ 03:50 Saturday morning.... Bub in new born centre for 5 days ..... Very hard and extremley painfull birth... would not like to be induced again .... Sorry but I am get anxious about when I am pregnant again and have to go through labour!!!

    Personally I think that if they had induced me on Thursday bub might not have been in the new born centre

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    Hi Gabi,I was induced with my first three babies, the second baby was because I fell and slipped on wet concrete out side a chemist late one rainy night,and my waters broke, but the others, they were nearly 42 weeks,and no sign of wanting to come.my 4th the waters broke at home and baby 5 was c- section only due to shoulder displacia, try not to worry all went really well for me, no problems at all ,you need to relax and stay calm as you can,for your bubs sake,good luck.

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    As SamanthaP said, the rate of caesarean in first time induced mums is horrendous and if you want to avoid a c/s, avoiding an unnecessary induction is crucial.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanstar View Post
    My body simply was not ready - 3 days before the induction my cervix was not ready however they still induced me a few days later without checking to see if my cervix was even ready. I should have said something then. I was also only 10 days over - it seems like a lifetime but really, the long term effects and consequences as Samantha mentioned are worth a few extra days.
    This reminds me of a client I had a couple of weeks ago. Her story really shows how much and how quickly things can change.
    At 10 days over the hospital wanted to induce her. Her baby wasn't engaged at all, her cervix was a fingertip dilated "at a stretch" according to a midwife. The hospital was convinced she wasn't going to go into labour before their "deadline" of 14 days past EDD. She refused the induction, agreed to some monitoring as tanstar mentioned, and went into labour on her own 2 days later - had a 3.5 hour labour with her first baby. We concluded her body knew damn well what it was doing

    Things can change just like that at the end, that's what makes it so damn frustrating to hear women being told their bodies are never going to go into labour and they need to be induced.
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    I was induced with my first and third babies and have never had a c/s. DD1 was forceps but DS wasn't.

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    I'm not going to run in and have an induction for no reason, but if I do have to have one is it just luck whether or not I end up with a caesar? Is there nothing I can do to help baby not to get stressed? Is there nothing I can do to help my body not to get those really powerful contractions which lead to foetal distress?

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    Unfortunately there really isn't much you can do hun, but there are a few things that could help. You can ask for a good amount of time to be allowed after each stage of indcution. For eg. I had the gel inserted at 9pm and then 8am and we waited a few hours. My waters were broken at midday and tehy gave me a few hours to see if that could trigger labour. I then had the drip started at 2pm, and you can ask them to start it on the absolute minimum to try and get labour to begin gradually rather than starting with really intense contractions. I never had any fetal distress whatsover but even after all of that AND I got to 9cms dilated I still ended up in theatre for a c/s for "failure to progress" after 36 hours. 9 cms is failure to progress?Pfftt. So if you do end up having one ask for time between each stage to allow your body to go into labour naturally using those methods. Having said that if your body isn't ready like mine was - a few hours here or there didn't make any difference and the odds are a little stacked up against you BUT you could be in the minority like some of the gorgeous girls on here who are induced and basically have a textbook labour with no complications hun. Hard to say! Good luck with it all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabi View Post
    I'm not going to run in and have an induction for no reason, but if I do have to have one is it just luck whether or not I end up with a caesar? Is there nothing I can do to help baby not to get stressed? Is there nothing I can do to help my body not to get those really powerful contractions which lead to foetal distress?
    Gabi there isn't anything you can do to affect the intensity of the contractions, no. The drug that is given during inductions (syntocinin) literally forces your uterus to contract. The intensity of the contractions is related to the dose, and the dose is increased on a regular basis until contractions become "productive". You don't have much control over how quickly the dose is increased or high it goes. From this point it is really luck of the draw whether or not your baby will cope - some babies are totally unbothered, others will show signs of distress. There is no way of predicting this beforehand and there is nothing you can do to control it - except to refuse to be induced without a clear indication that it is necessary.

    So I guess the short answer to your question is, yes - it's just luck.

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    I was 12 days over EDD, my water broke the morning I was going to be induced. It was my first baby and I trusted the hospital and midwives... never again!
    Unless you absolutely need it for safety reasons I would not induce. Your body and your baba know better!!!
    The contractions were so strong, I wasn't dilating, and the bub was distressed... I blame my ignorance... if only I knew that I could refuse induction! I was so naive and silly.
    I ended up having epidural (which I didn't want... they basically forced me to have it), I gave up after 2 hours of them saying I absolutely had to have one (at that point the contractions were so strong I was jumping on the bed (luckily I had a great anesthetist!!! I was so scared of the epidural, scared of being paralised for life!).
    Anyway, everybody has a different story and you can be lucky and happy!
    My friend was induced on her request, didn't have any epidural or drug, she delivered naturally, thanks to the support of her doula and husband, massaging and pushing on pressure points... see there are good stories and bad stories... as a mother though you learn to trust your instinct above anything else!
    Good luck

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    Your body isn't designed to labour hard from 0 dilation which is why most women don't cope well and end up with epidurals and c/s. If you are post-dates, trust your body, in the time you wait, your cervix will start to thin and efface and do all the work that the drugs are designed to do, but your body does it slowly, in its own time so you can cope. Much harder to cope when your body is forced to do something sooner than its supposed to at an intensity which is stronger than is meant to. But also you have to remember while you have an epi and might not feel it, your baby still does. The contractions are faster, harder and longer and your baby will be deprived of oxygen longer and is being compressed longer, stronger and harder, for the whole labour. This is why they go into distress. This is why we have so many c/s. Inductions play a massive role in c/s around the world, Obs admit that. Yet we are doing far too many inductions, and if your induction is medically necessary, then I wouldn't worry because the percent of women needing medically necessary inductions is very low.
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    Gabi, I guess what it comes down to is not "what can I do if I need to be induced", but rather "do I really need to be induced". As you will find from reading people's experiences, mostly people did not need to be induced. They were told they needed to be, but if the doctors had taken the effort to monitor the baby instead to see if there was indeed any problem with it staying there longer, than most inductions could have been avoided. I would inform yourself about the overuse of inductions, note that "term" is 38 - 42 weeks - there is no magic mark at 40 weeks. And if you feel pressured to be induced, ask for monitoring instead and take it from there. GL.

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