WTH? I feel like everyone I know lately who goes 3 minutes past her due date is stressing because her OB has already started talking induction. When DS was born 3 years ago, seemed like the norm was 2 weeks before they would bring it up. I know there are times when an induction is the best thing for the health of the mom and sometimes the baby, but I have heard so many women say things like "my body just doesn't go into labor on its own" which when you really think about it is a totally ridiculous statement (what, you'd be pregnant forever?), but that's what the medical community has convinced us. How big is the risk really, if everyone is healthy and you go a few weeks past the due date? And isn't the 40 week gestation period something some guy just invented anyway? It's an average. All women are different.I told my midwives for this baby that if they even say the words "pitocin" or "induction" I will hide until I go into labor! I'm betting I won't go much past 40 weeks because DS was born ON his due date all on his own, but you never know. Anyway, I am just so SICK of hearing about all these inductions. I understand when there is a clear and present health risk, but it just seems like it is getting totally out of control! The end. Thank you for listening.
yeah, i don't get it either. there are definitely circumstances when it's medically necessary, but those instances should be pretty rare. the norm should be that a woman's body goes into labor on it's own at the right time for her and baby. my MW uses the phrase "guess date" instead of "due date," and i like that. first of all, 40 weeks is an average, and secondly, most women don't know exactly when they conceived and when the embryo implanted and therefore when the 40 weeks are up. i am pretty scared of induction ever since a good friend of mine had a traumatic experience. she was convinced by her OB to be induced 4-5 days after her due date even though there wasn't a medical reason. she wasn't even a tiny bit dilated and hadn't had any pre-labor contractions, so her body just wasn't ready. as a result (in her opinion), her cervix tore and she had enough hemorraging that she started seizing right after delivery and even stopped breathing for a moment. if i go overdue, i will jump through whatever hoops i need to as far as checking fluid levels, etc., but i really want to stay away from induction if at all possible!
DS Asher born 11/29/09
DD Clara born 3/9/12
I completely agree with you Maggie!! I think it's insane how quickly women are pressured to go with induction, and so many women go along with it since they are huge and tired of being pg at that point anyway. I wish more doctors/mw's would just keep a close eye on things to make sure the baby was still healthy as well as mom and let things go naturally. I've read that some women have gone as late as 46 weeks with no complications.
My sister was induced at 4 days past her EDD both times as a cominbined result of being tired of being pg and pressure from the OB. Luckily things worked out fine for her, but it seems to me that in so many cases the induction interventions are what are ultimately responsible for traumatic deliveries and c/s deliveries. Hmmm, I wonder if there are statistics on how many inductions end in c/s vs. going into labor on your own ending in c/s?
I had to step away when my cousin was pregnant because all she did was whine when the doctor wouldn't induce at 36 weeks because it was summer and she decided it was too hot to be pregnant anymore.
Sometimes the doctors set the scene for the induction two people due around the same time I was were told they wouyldn't make their due date, one was even told she would be lucky to see 38 weeks so when she got that far she felt over due already becaause she wan't expecting to still be pregnant. She went into labour somewhere between 41 and 42 weeks. Thankfully from what I hear from our local hospital 41 weeks they start discussing induction, but won't do it until closer to 42.
TOTALLY AGREE. And it's not even a realistic average--the actual average for first-time mothers is 41+1 (which is the exact day I gave birth, ha)...it's so incredibly frustrating, and mostly based on insurance (for example you can't give birth at my birth center past 41 weeks, EVEN THOUGH THAT'S LESS THAN AVERAGE GESTATION, because they aren't insured for the "risk" past that...nevermind that inducing usually introduces far more risks than just being patient. I could rant about this all day and then some.
I was fortunate enough to be into fully undeniable, active labor a couple of hours before the end of my 41st week, so even though I had my daughter at 41+1, i was able to sneak in under the wire...ridiculous that I had to deal with that, though. I should have been laboring at home for another 6 or 7 hours, really, but then I would have "risked out" to the hospital. [BIG EYE ROLL]
Most of my friends IRL are big on inductions and interventions. I usually don't talk about my labors because they think I'm nuts for not wanting all that. I recently had a discussion with a couple of DH's friends about this topic and they were so confused why I wasn't induced at 40 weeks... why I didn't let them break my water... etc. I felt bad for them in a way, because they didn't know any different. But to each their own, I guess. I just don't like having to justify my decisions for letting my body labor on its own.
DS Jaxon born 10/18/06 ** DS Wesley born 3/22/09 ** DS Henry born 6/11/12 ** 4 angels in heaven
I don't get it either.
I just had two IRL friends get induced. One was 39 + 3. The other was 39+4. For NO reason-- other than there docs offered and they accepted. Drives me INSANE.....but I just bite my tongue and wish them well and hope that they are baby have good outcomes. I try hard not to offer opinion/advice unless specifically asked......which is often hard.
That said, most of my friends and co-workers know that I've had my last two babies and home and that we are planning a third HB-- so I don't always have much in common with them when it comes to birthing anyways.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
Yea it really makes me sick! I cannot stand inductions that are done for NO REASON other than mom is 40 weeks and wants to be done being pregnant! Drives me batty!
DS Ethan 1/29/08,
DD Lola 2/2/10
DS2 Weston 2/18/12
I was petrified of going "late" because my birth center is the same one as Leigh's. My Mom had me at 45 weeks. I was a completely average 7.5 lb baby too! Believe that?! She had my brother & sister at 43 weeks after inductions. No one believes me when I say that but you can't be THAT wrong in that direction. It would mean she knew she was pregnant before she was pregnant. Things were just done differently back then. Nowadays 41 weeks is becoming the new en vogue eviction date. I was ready to head for the hills at 41 weeks. Seriously, I actually considered heading for the hills and giving birth the way my MIL did (under a tree). Thankfully, it was never an issue because DD decided 38+3 was a good enough gestation period for her. Boy was I stunned! It flabergasts me that OBs start pushing for inductions so early. Insurance companies should refuse to pay for them for non-medical reasons because of the added risk of C-section.