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on the importance of waiting to the 39/40 week mark to be induced.. A friend of mine is starting to talk about getting induced if she doesn't have her baby by oct 27 (her edd is nov 7) because her grandma is going on vacation or something like that. i had a great article i've seen on one of these boards but can't find it now. This is a friend who's "hoping" for NCB and wants to breastfeed but is stocking up on formula at her mom's recommendation for just in case her milk doesn't come in fast enough.. and yeah.. I mentioned that i wouldn't wish an induction on anyone (i've had one). She asked why so I said that it hurts like hell (much more than NCB) and that it leads to a much greater chance of c/s.. she seemed surprised by this and was "open" to more info but i dont know that she'll read or listen to it so I just want to send it in case.

We live in a state with a 35% rate for c/s.

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Well, the newer ACOG recommendations had to do with lung maturity before 39 weeks.

http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr07-21-09.cfm

http://www.prematurityprevention.org/pressrelease/New%20England%20Journal%20of%20Medicine%203-2-09.pdf

http://www.preciouspassage.com/medical_library.htm

These speak directly to the 39 week issue. But there is certainly a lot of evidence out there on why it's better to avoid induction entirely.

Here's a good Mothering article on induction.
http://www.mothering.com/pregnancy-birth/the-case-against-inducing-labor

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I'm with you, I would wish an induction on ANYONE- maybe my worst enemy- but that's about it haha!! My induction was HORRIBLE. I tell people I have horror stories for my daughters to convince them to not get pregnant and I don't even have to make them up!

My induction was started Thursday at 2 pm and ended at Saturday 6 am. Come Friday at 9pm they were talking of doing a c-section, but ended up changing their minds.. But when I went in for my induction they flat out told me that I'm at a much higher risk for c-section.

I suppose that delivery is why I'm on this board, I REFUSE to have another induction. Mine was medically necessary but to have one just to be done with my pregnancy.. I don't know that's an experience I'd want to have ever again.

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Aside from pitocin inductions hurting more, you are significantly more likely to have fetal distress (scary drops in baby's heartrate) and you are 4 times more likely to need an emergency c-section. A few hospitals in the US have started not allowing elective inductions before 39 weeks because it DRASTICALLY increases the risks of complications.

On top of it, the natural hormones that come from labor's natural start are a great help to mother and baby. By using synthetic pitocin instead of oxytocin, the momma's brain will never get that mix of happy hormones that make natural birth more possible (And, some would say, make healing easier).
Some great articles on pitocin:
http://www.nurturingheartsbirthservices.com/blog/?p=747
http://rixarixa.blogspot.com/2008/08/long-term-effects-of-pitocin.html
And a great article on why to wait til at least 39 weeks:
http://www.marchofdimes.com/printableArticles/240_48590.asp

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This is an article I've posted before about this. It also talks about how going past 40 weeks is not dangerous:

http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/timely.asp

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thanks ladies.. hopefully she doesn't get offended by my sending these to her but she did ask for info at one point.