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Poll: For Moms Who Had Labor Induced

SweetPicklesSweetPickles Posts: 850Registered Users
After hearing of yet another induction that turned into a c-section yesterday (as mine did, but that's a LONG story!), I can't help but wonder about my hardly ever hearing of inductions that lead to successful vaginal births. I know one poster here mentioned having success (can't recall who it was at the moment), but it seems that every single other person I know IRL or online ended up with a cesarean after induction failed for whatever reason. So I'm curious to hear if there are success stories out there.

If you answered that yes, you did have a c-section after induction, could you elaborate briefly why, what the circumstances were? I imagine some folks were already at risk for needing one going into labor in the first place (I wasn't in the least though, apart from being really overdue). Not that I have delusions that this is at all a *scientific* poll or anything :)
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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I did not, but my sil was induced at a few days past 40 weeks, because the baby was big. She never progressed past 40 cm and then they said that the baby was in distress so she got a section. My nephew was big, 9 lbs. She's a big girl, but they said her pelvis was small. I tend to take that with a grain of salt, though.

    A realted question, almost everyone that I hear about getting a C-section because baby is in distress ends up with a baby that scores 9 or 10 on the APGAR. Which makes me suspicious about the whole distress thing. Are all those babies in distress, or can docs just not distinguish distress from normal fluctuations on the baby monitor. But that is the topic of another unscientific poll.
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  • cosmicflycosmicfly Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    I had 2 indications and 2 vaginal births. The first time, I was past my due date by a little bit, there were no concerns about the baby other than he might be a bit on the large side, and I chose to be induced as I had been in prelabor with contractions every 13 monutes for a week, I was dilated 3 cm., and we were anticipating a major snowstorm. My OB suggested that I might want to consider coming in to the hospital. I did, my water wouldn't break, so I had a pitocin drip for a couple of hours. They ended up removing the pitocin and my contractions continued on their own, Max was born about 8 hours later (3 hours of pushing).

    For my daughter, there was a concern about possible IUGR, two ultrasounds the day befoire she was born performed by different OBs suggested that she was 4 lb., 15 oz. They left it up to me, and I again went for the induction. This time, I wasn't given pitocin, I was given cervadil in the evening and told that if I didn't go into active labor on my own, we would try pitocin in the morning. The midwife removed the cervadil about 3 hours after insertion, and Maya was born a couple of hours later (less than 5 minutes of pushing).

    I'm certainly not an expert about anyone but myself, but my feeling both times was that my baby and my body were ready and I just needed a little push. Both times, I had a very long prelabor with relatively painless contractions at regular intervals for about a week prior or the birth. Both of m kids had dropped and I has accomplished some effacement and dilation. I never wanted a birth with a lot of intervention, but this is what worked for me (I also had pain meds the first time, but not the second time. For my firts baby, I really needed them so I ciuld push him out. The second time around, I did not need them as much and so sis not use them).
  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users
    I don't know if I count in your statistics but they had to induce me after my water broke at 34 weeks because it was safer for the baby to be on the outside but I wasn't going into labor on my own. I ended up having a true emergency c-section about ten hours in because his cord prolapsed and his heartrate dropped under 50 beats per minute. Nothing was happening in those ten hours though. Barely feeling contractions. Only dilated to a freaking one. I was going to be there for days.
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  • picklesgirlpicklesgirl Posts: 1,955Registered Users
    My Dr. decided to induce me after being a week over my due date. I was in the hospital all day and they kept putting those little pills in me every couple of hours and I never went into labor that was on a saturday. So they sent me home and I went back to work the following monday. On Wednesday the Dr. wanted me to come back in to try again. I was in there all day again getting those stupid little pills every couple of hours again, nothing happened. I went back to work the next day I did leave a little early because I was haveing back pain. So the next day was friday, and the Dr. wanted me to come in to do a nonstress test on Max to make sure he was ok or if they should do a section. After the stress test was done the Dr. wanted to see me in his office to check me to see if I had dilated any. As he was checking me my water broke and Max was born 23 hrs later after 2 hours of pushing.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    geeky wrote:
    I did not, but my sil was induced at a few days past 40 weeks, because the baby was big. She never progressed past 40 cm and then they said that the baby was in distress so she got a section. My nephew was big, 9 lbs. She's a big girl, but they said her pelvis was small. I tend to take that with a grain of salt, though.

    A realted question, almost everyone that I hear about getting a C-section because baby is in distress ends up with a baby that scores 9 or 10 on the APGAR. Which makes me suspicious about the whole distress thing. Are all those babies in distress, or can docs just not distinguish distress from normal fluctuations on the baby monitor. But that is the topic of another unscientific poll.
    That's a great point...I always wonder too...
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  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    I don't have kids, but my sister was induced because her water broke but she wasn't going into labor. She had a normal vaginal delivery. She was 41 and it was her first child. So, there is hope!
  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    My water broke. When I went to the hospital they asked if I was in labor and I said I didn't know, I just felt a few pinching pains.

    (turns out I was in labor)

    They induced me anyway, which sucked because you go from labor pains every ten minutes that you can breath to ZOOM labor that's really heavy. I had no chance to acclimate.

    Anyway, I had my daughter vaginally.
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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    Springcurl wrote:
    My water broke. When I went to the hospital they asked if I was in labor and I said I didn't know, I just felt a few pinching pains.

    (turns out I was in labor)

    They induced me anyway, which sucked because you go from labor pains every ten minutes that you can breath to ZOOM labor that's really heavy. I had no chance to acclimate.

    Anyway, I had my daughter vaginally.

    Technically that's not induction, that's augmentation.
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  • vivasmomvivasmom Posts: 312Registered Users
    I was induced and had a great vajayjay delivery. First time mom and only pushed 10 times before she came out. I pushed for about 7 minutes.

    On the downside........vajayjay birth completely blew out my pelvic floor and I had severe enough damage to have to have my vaj, rectum and bladder all repaired this year. I was having a LOT of problems. If I ever have another baby it will 100% be by scheduled c-section.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I went into labor on Christmas day (twins). I was 37 weeks at the time, which is considered full-term for twins. They just didn't want to call the doctor in on Christmas day :evil:
    They gave me an IV to stop labor, which, it did not, it just slowed it tremendously. Three days later I was still in labor. They induced me and I ended up having a c-section, as, my DD was stuck under my ribs.
  • Jenny CJenny C Posts: 1,195Registered Users
    My sister was induced twice and had two vaginal deliveries.

    The first one was at 36 weeks because she had pre-eclampsia and she pushed for three hours. They talked about doing a c-section and she was like, "no F'n way!" It gave her the strength to keep pushing.

    The second one was a breeze, she pushed for 20 minutes, but she was full term so the baby was ready to come out.
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  • pacammipacammi Posts: 206Registered Users
    Does having your water broken count?
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  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    a close friend of mine has horrible pre-E with all her pregnancies (3 so far) but has gone natural and vaginally all 3 inductions. Her inductions were not scheduled, just that her blood pressure sky rocketed. However, she did have a doula which made a total difference according to her.
  • anonnymouseanonnymouse Posts: 1,340Registered Users
    My water had broken but I was only getting whimpy little contractions. After over 12 hours of no action, I was given pitocin. Then my labor progressed and I delivered my son vaginally 7 hours later.
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  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    My sister was induced, she had pre-eclampsia (?) and was a full 9 months pregnant with twins. They induced at midnight and she had them both vaginally about 2 hours later.
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  • dia99dia99 Posts: 1,998Registered Users
    I was induced one week early due to pre-eclampsia. I had a vaginal birth.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    geeky wrote:
    Springcurl wrote:
    My water broke. When I went to the hospital they asked if I was in labor and I said I didn't know, I just felt a few pinching pains.

    (turns out I was in labor)

    They induced me anyway, which sucked because you go from labor pains every ten minutes that you can breath to ZOOM labor that's really heavy. I had no chance to acclimate.

    Anyway, I had my daughter vaginally.

    Technically that's not induction, that's augmentation.

    Did not know this. You really DO learn something new every day. :)
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  • picklesgirlpicklesgirl Posts: 1,955Registered Users
    vivasmom wrote:
    I was induced and had a great vajayjay delivery. First time mom and only pushed 10 times before she came out. I pushed for about 7 minutes.

    On the downside........vajayjay birth completely blew out my pelvic floor and I had severe enough damage to have to have my vaj, rectum and bladder all repaired this year. I was having a LOT of problems. If I ever have another baby it will 100% be by scheduled c-section.

    Vajayjay that cracked me up :lol: sorry you had so much trouble with your vajayjay :lol:
  • SweetPicklesSweetPickles Posts: 850Registered Users
    Thanks for all the replies everyone. Interesting results!
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  • KrazyblondegurlKrazyblondegurl Posts: 1,008Registered Users
    pacammi wrote:
    Does having your water broken count?

    Yep! :D

    My poor sis is a tiny little thing. They broke her water, tried pitocin, she pushed for 5 hours, used the vac, then they finally did a c-section. The doc said her pelvis is just not shaped for a 8 pound baby to pass through it.

    She was like...."Could we have figured that out before I pushed for 5 hours and used that vac?!?!?!" I guess the vac was terribly painful.

    I'm thinking C-section!!
  • oceanwater23oceanwater23 Posts: 1Registered Users
    geeky wrote:
    I did not, but my sil was induced at a few days past 40 weeks, because the baby was big. She never progressed past 40 cm and then they said that the baby was in distress so she got a section. My nephew was big, 9 lbs. She's a big girl, but they said her pelvis was small. I tend to take that with a grain of salt, though.

    A realted question, almost everyone that I hear about getting a C-section because baby is in distress ends up with a baby that scores 9 or 10 on the APGAR. Which makes me suspicious about the whole distress thing. Are all those babies in distress, or can docs just not distinguish distress from normal fluctuations on the baby monitor. But that is the topic of another unscientific poll.
    That's a great point...I always wonder too...





    In response to this:
    Baby's often give out "clues" that they are becoming distressed long before their heartrates drop down low. While many of the babies "clues" can be ignored and can be delivered vaginally, some will fatigue and need an emergancy C/S. It is much easier to have a C/S before the babies heartrate bottems out. Even the fastest OR team takes mintues from the time a C/S is called until the baby is out. Minutes without oxygen can lead to brain damage.
  • YolyCYolyC Posts: 3,758Registered Users
    I had a tear in the water thingy. No pain, nothing. The only reason I went in was because I had to do kick counts and she didn't move once during the 1/2 hr I was keeping count. Since I was high risk( because of my weight) the doctors said to go in. I guess what they did was break the water. I swear I went from la-la-la. I'm feeling good. To WTF this hurts in less than 2 minutes. 14 1/2 hrs later she was born vaginally.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I do hear stories about an awful lot of women nowadays who were told that their pelvises were too narrow to deliver vaginally An awful lot. The c-section rate is now a quarter-a third of all US births, I think. But a generation ago is was 5%. Have women's pelvises changed shape ? I don't think so. It's weird.

    Well, you do what you have to do if you're told your baby is in distress. No one's really going to be willing to take that risk and attempt to outsmart the obstetrician in that situation.

  • geminigemini Posts: 3,325Registered Users
    I was induced and had a c-section as well (my insurance co policywas to schedule an induction if you went to 41 weeks and that was what happened). I think some factors like how much you are already dilated (I wasn't at all) and how much you're allowed to move around (I was strapped to a bed for 1 1/2 days straight) also play into the numbers. The docs also hinted that the baby was going to be big (she was average, 7 lbs, 9 oz) and that she was probably not going to drop anymore (hmm, my hips are of the childbearing sort, doubt that!). After 4 hours of piggyback contractions, an epidural I was eternally grateful for, and a day and a half in the delivery room, I was stalled at 9 cm with a high up baby. The doctor made the call and by that point I was so frustrated that I was all for it.

    I think the increase in c-sections boils down to the insurance and hospitals getting a little TOO cautious with labor and delivery. It's not treated like a natural event anymore.
  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    You're absolutely right, gemini. It's all about lawsuits.
  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    Well, you do what you have to do if you're told your baby is in distress. No one's really going to be willing to take that risk and attempt to outsmart the obstetrician in that situation.

    This is also the problem that the OB's face. The hospital mandates that they use fetal monitoring for fear of lawsuits. And then if the monitor shows that there might be fetal distress, the OB can't very well ignore it either. Just another example of how medical intervention leads to more medical intervention.