I loved my induction
- I wanted my daughter on her due date, and so they inserted that pill the night before at the hospital, and the next morning started my pitocin drip. Now, I had really painful contractions from 11-3, they never seemed to stop, but the kiddo didn't seem to mind, she never faltered, it wasn't until about 3 that I begged for an epi, I took a nap for about an hour and a half, and at 5.03 my 7 pound 1 once daughter was here, big red lips, bright blue eyes, head full of black hair. So now as I am typing this, I am due in 7 days, and I want the same experience, so we'll see. Plus I start my last semester in 30 days, so I really need to get the show on the road.
- —Guest Karmaslaugh
- Induced, I knew I should not have been. Ended up in a cesarean. Can never go back.
- —Guest jen
- Another horrendous experience here at 42+3, wish I'd waited longer. Pregnancy now and don't care if I go to 44 weeks, they won't be inducing me again. Can I just add though, that comments such as "women have natural births are my heroes" are not very helpful. Many women feel awful from their experiences, which couldn't always have been avoided, and those silly comments add to the distress and can make one feel like a failure on top of it all. I call those women very lucky.
- —Guest Stasher
Complications Post Induction
- Well, I was schedule for a c-section on Monday, but thankfully I went into labor on the Saturday before. I thought long and hard throughout the pregnancy about when to go to the hospital (not until my contractions were 5-7 mins apart). I live 40 mins from my chosen hospital, so timing was everything! I arrived at the hospital with irregular contractions somewhere between 3-7 mins apart - how bizarre! And when the nurse examined me, I was only 1cm dilated and 90% effaced. After 3 hours of 3-7 mins of painful contractions at the hospital - I received an epidural. Then a couple hours later, I was reexamined and had only dilated to 3cm - the nurse mention I may need Pitocin to get my cervix to dilate. I told her I did not want Pit. She insisted I needed it - so I got it for 6 hours - finally I was 10cm and time to push - I received 4 urges to push, but then the urges stopped because they stopped the Pit. Severe postpartum hemorrhage nearly required transfusion. Iron stores depleted.
- —Guest CaughtUp
worst and best day of my life
- Induced with pit @ 40 wks. After 2 hrs was in excruciating pain. Midwife gave me pethidine. Pain came back after an hour. 9 hrs later she broke my water. Pain unbearable tried all pain relief including the epidural, which wore off quickly. Was not contracting properly, was left on a drip for 18 hrs. Caught a fever so given liquid paracetamol. After 25 hours of pain and fever time to push. I was so exhausted I had nothing left. After an hr the midwife called quickly for a doctor. Mine and babies hr dropped baby was back to back with me wouldn't turn, got stuck. Doctor rushed through vacuum to turn her gave me an episiotomy and forceps in quick succession without telling me. She had cord round her neck and blue. Was stitched badly and still in pain 4 months later. Suffered posttraumatic shock. Lost a lot of blood and almost given trans without consent. midwife told my husband he had to go home after 1h post del then was left on my own with baby in my arms numb from epidural with no bell for 1h. I still have flashbacks. Scared to have more kids…
- —Guest char23
already in labour after being induced
- At 42 weeks I was induced. I was induced at 4am on a Thursday morning. After inserting the tablet the nurse called the Doc, and they established I was already in labour before the induction took place. After being induced, it took 4 hours before I started getting contractions, and it was absolute hell! My fiance forced me to walk around the hospital to help bring the labour on faster, which did not work because I was in labour for 16 and a half hours! My cervix had only dilated to 4cm by 7:30pm and then all of a sudden I had dilated to 9cm. At 8pm I started getting what they call push pains, but the doc said I couldn't start pushing because I wasn't fully dilated. Well, I told the doc I could feel my baby coming, and I started pushing. The baby did get stuck, so they had to cut me open, and a nurse had to push on my stomach with my final push, which let the baby come out. Overall, I had a terrible experience, and I would advise any woman not to get induced unless its in the best interest for baby and you. Rather wait until the baby decides he's ready to come into the world...
How long can I wait?
- I read hear that many of went for more, but naturally coming births after a bad experience with an induced one. But you don't mention how long had you to wait for such birth? I gave birth twice, and while the first one also came with breaking my waters in the hospital, at the second my waters broke naturally. Yet the doctors induced to provoke contractions. It was short but very painful experience. Now I am overdue with two days and wonder how long can I actually wait before agreeing on induction. It is only now that I realize that giving birth can be entirely different experience if it comes naturally, but I am not sure how long I can wait for it? In Belgium, where I live, the doctors told me I could wait for up to 10 days overdue. I would be grateful for your advice. GUIDE COMMENT: In the US, the American College of OB/GYNs say completion of 42 weeks.
- —Guest Albena
- My labor was really painful after everything I was later operated on, don't pray to go through that again.
Induction and episiotomy
- I was 38 weeks when my water broke, I rushed to the nearby hospital and was told its not the water bag which I was sure of, they sent me home and told me to come back only when I have contractions. With no contractions and bleeding started I was worried so I decided to go to another hospital about 18 hours after my water broke, they checked and confirmed I was right all along. They put me on pitocin immediately but my cervix was hard so they gave me buscopan. My contractions started an hour after and goodness they were hard and continuous with no gap, I didn't get the time to catch my breath. After 4 hrs of hard labour n an episiotomy my daughter was born 6 pounds 13 ounce. Overall it wasn't a good experience.
- —Guest sharo
First baby induced
- I was induced with my first baby. I lost my mucous plug at 9pm and started having contractions at 2:45am. I went all day having painful contractions but they weren't consistent and finally decided to go to hospital at 3am the next day. I was 3cm dilated so they kept me. At 6am they checked me again and I was still at a 3 so they got me up and moving. At 11:30am they decided to induce me using Pitocin. Contractions became harder and they wouldn't let me out of bed. They told me that my baby wouldn't come until about 6pm that evening. I said you want to bet. They sent my doc. to lunch at 12:30 and not even 20 mins. later they were calling her to come back. She barely made it in the room and had to quickly throw on her scrubs and my son's head was out. My son was born at 1:28pm. 7lbs 6 oz. All was done with no pain meds or epi. I do have to say that I was tired but it was all worth it. They let me have my son for an hour to breastfeed and then took him to bathe so I could rest.
- —Guest Jessica
- Yes, induction in my view is not an easy solution to delivering a baby especially earlier than the baby's due date. I endured a long 9 hour very painful delivery of my third child due to having severe gestational diabetes. Complications arose in the later half of the labour and for 1 1/2 hrs my body wanted to push and I was told that my cervex was not fully dialated and that I was to hold off for as long as possible . I could not stop the natural progression of the labour and consequently my cervix was damaged and my baby was also brain damaged during the birthing process due to lack of oxygen from induction. She was critically ill at birth and on a respirator for two weeks with not much hope for survival. We were told the devastating news that our baby will more than likely have severe cerebral palsy. Thankfully she is doing well and is now our miracle baby with very little problems. I would never recommend an induction to anyone after my traumatic experience but ultimately it is your choice.
- —Guest Shelley45young
Two great inductions
- I had two wonderful experiences being induced. With my daughter, I was nine days late. I had her just under 7 hours and had absolutely no complications. With my son, we chose to have him two weeks early because his due date was the same day as my husband's and daughter's first day of school... and I had no one else to help me with my son. Once again, perfect labor and delivery... he was here just under three hours of being induced. Not to downsize the "increased risks" but every pregnancy and labor is different. My pregnancies were completely different but the L & D were basically the same minus the time difference... Every woman is different. Every pregnancy is different.
- —Guest Kate
I didn't want it that way.
- I had to have it or something else would be wrong.
- —Guest katy S
My induction went well. . .
- Putting this out there so if you decide on a medically necessary induction you know it doesn't have to be hell. My water broke early, no contractions and I was GBS positive. After 14 hours with no contractions I decided to seek an induction. The midwife started me on super low pitocin and increased it gradually until I got going. Once I got to 4 or 5cm the midwife suggested we stop the pitocin and see how my body did on it's own. I labored without pit until I hit 9cm at which point midwife suggested going back on to get through that last cm and hopefully get posterior babe to turn. (Plus, the hospital docs were talking c-section and she wanted to do something to appease them.) Baby was born an hour later after 10 minutes of pushing. I managed to make it through (thanks to Hypnobabies!) without an epidural. I was really exhausted and weak after the experience though. Nearly passed out. If you have a provider that's willing to take their time and work with your body, it can be okay.
- —Guest Jessica
induction/post partum hemmorhage
- I have 3 babies and never had an induction until my third baby. I was 37 weeks measuring 42 so they decided to induce my labor. After I had a whopping 8lb 3oz baby girl everything seemed fine. The next day when I was showering to go home I past huge blood clots bigger than my baby and passed out. I was hemorrhaging, had to have 3 shots, 2 pills and a blood transfusion. I did not get to leave the hospital for 4 days. The Drs. said it had a lot to do with how big she was and the amount of time I stayed on pitocin. It was the worse experience ever. I still struggle with my blood levels today, 10 months later, I am still taking iron. I have to say it was all worth it. Now I have 3 healthy babies (10, 6 and 10 months).