That would be awesome if insurance companies would refuse to pay for them for non-medical reasons.
I totally agree that inductions are way over done now. You'd have to hunt me down and drag me in before I agreed to one that was not medically needed.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
The first time I met with my Dr (She is my regular Dr's Wife and they work in the same office - very convenient). I asked her position on induction. She reassured me that we wouldn't even talk about it until at least 11 days past due date unless there was a medical risk. Under NO circumstances would she induce for the mothers convenience. ( I knew right away she was the right Dr for me).
Almost all 6 of us ( My brothers and sisters) came after our EDD. Obviously, we needed to stay in there to grow some more. Kids born early can have health risks. WHy would any one want to risk their kids future health on a few weeks of comfort for themselves.. I don't understand it. But if that is the choice those moms want to make, it's completely up to them. Different strokes for different folks i suppose.
DS Asher born 11/29/09
DD Clara born 3/9/12
Around here, they start to talk induction 10 days past your due date (unless there are good medical reasons beforehand) I was induced at 41 weeks with DS2 because my blood pressure was very high and the OB was concerned. Luckily the Cervidil started my labour and I didn't need pitocin. It seems like a lot of people who live in the US get inductions at 39 weeks to 40 weeks for their own convenience or that of their doctor. The way it works in my area, is if you have an OB (instead of a midwife) it is unlikely that you would get your own doctor to deliver your child anyways, they have a call schedule and there are a couple of OBs at the hospital at all times. It's just the luck of the draw - so it does not matter timing wise for your OB, because they don't come in for births of their patients, the on call doctors handle that.
Kristin - Mom to 3 little boys and one baby girl
And the questions that start well before you even reach your due date from every single person you know. "So, when are you going to be induced?" "So, you're not going to go much further are you?" "It's so hot out, why are you still carrying that baby?" Those are just a few I heard all the time during all of my pregnancies except baby #3 when I very openly (and b!tchily) told everyone off that even tried to ask.
I just refuse cervical checks all together to avoid the "I'm only a fingertip dilated" discouragement.
I also love telling people I am due "sometime between the end of February beginning of March "
Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
Mindie and Mark, 5/16/09
Yeah I don't get it either. When I was PG with DD they Induced me a week early because she was measuring 9lbs and because of the Gestational Diabetes they were worried she was going to get too big for me to push her out. When she came out she was only 8lbs 1oz. Pretty normal size.
All I know is this time around I'm going to refuse being induced. I hated the effects from it, I hated that the contractions were so bad that I couldn't take the pain anymore I got the Epidural when really I didn't want it. Dr.s today only care about them selves really, they want to deliver when it's convent with them. It's sad that's the most common result to women having unneeded c-sections.
I think part of it too though is, that hey, if modern medicine can make a 30-week preemie survive and be just fine, then why should moms worry about being induced at 38 weeks... after all- 37 weeks if "full term". I think a lot of people just honestly believe that it is not a big deal, and that as long as you're in a hospital you can do whatever you feel like, because they (the doctors) can pretty much fix anything.
And yeah, it totally sh!ts me that my insurance would probably pay for an elective induction, the resulting c-section AND all the complications for mom and baby as long as it costs less than $10,000- although they will still cover 50% after that, but, could BARELY be convinced to pay for my home birth- which will have a total cost of less than $2,000. I don't understand why they would need convincing on that one. And they are not covering 100% because its an "out of network" provider- mind you, they don't HAVE any HB midwives in network!
Mara & Joel, 2009
I do agree with inductions when baby is just getting too big. I was induced with my last baby (this past November) at 38 weeks because he was getting very big. I was already dilated 6cm on my own (though not in labor or having any contractions) when I was sent to the hospital, and he weighed 9lbs 1 oz! A friend of mine from work just had her son a few weeks ago and her Dr. refused to check baby's size or do a cervical check until she hit 41 weeks, and when she did they finally did an U/S (she hadn't had one since week 20) and the baby was so big he didn't even fit on the screen. She tried for a vagnial but he was just too big to push out and it ended it a c-section... Noah ended up weighing 11lbs 2 oz! My friend was so upset, because she felt as though if he would have just checked to see how big the baby was getting, she could have been induced earlier and had her vaginal NCB. Most of the time, I agree fully with the OP, but there are some situations that have to be taken into account.
Krystal & Donovan - 12/2/06
Reagan - 10/2/02
Maximus - 3/10/05
Liberty - 12/11/08
My angel in Heaven 1/7/13
Most of the time, the induction comes accross as being optional. I think if you decide to go for the induction you should be prepared for complications and weigh the reasons with the risks.
When my water broke early, I was devestated that they were going to induce me at 34 weeks. I wanted to keep that baby in as long as possible. I felt bad that I wasn't agreeing with the doctors and I was mad there was no discussion. Labour started naturally and afterwards they told me I had a placental abruption. I'm glad they would have induced me at 34 weeks.
Having said that, there were several babies at the NICU that were born induced @37+weeks who had to stay in because they were born too early. They said babies that come on their own at 36-39 weeks are more likely to be fine then babies induced during that time. I cannot imagine risking a NICU stay for a frivolous reason.
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)