How often are people being told to come in for an induction?
It still amazes me how often I hear from people that they are not able to give birth vaginally because their provider states the baby is too big.
Statistics from 2010 show that 90% of babies born to people whom don't have gestational diabetes are less than 8lb 15oz. The only way to truly know if your baby is too big is to try and give birth on its own time.
I decided to do some further research and speak to other people as to the reasons they have been induced.
One of the reasons I often hear is because of "due date" but how do you determine your actual due date? Isn't it better to just wait until your child is ready to arrive? I would assume going into labor would be the way but with the increase in inductions and cesarean it doesn't seem to be the case.
During this research I came across evidence based birth website post regarding due dates that stated the following:
- 10% gave birth by 38 weeks and 5 daysafter the LMP
- 25% gave birth by 39 weeks and 5 days after the LMP
- 50% gave birth by 40 weeks and 5 days after the LMP
- 75% gave birth by 41 weeks and 2 days after the LMP
- 90% gave birth by 44 weeks and zero days after the LMP
The post includes a bit of information on how to calculate due dates and due dates being changed later in pregnancy which tend to be less accurate. We must remember that not
everyone will ovulate on the 14th day of their period that will cause the date you give birth to vary.
We then move on to discuss premature rupture of membranes (PROM), when your bag of water breaks before labor begins. Believe it or not it doesn't happen often that our water breaks like in the movies with this huge gush of water and we run around like mad people. I've had four births and never had it happen before.
People are told they must deliver within 24 hours of their water breaking, that clock began back in 1950's. It was believed that your bag of water should stay intact until you were in
active labor. It is said the 45% of people with prom are not induced they will go into labor within 12 hours and 77%-95% will go into labor with 24 hours.
There are important signs to watch for after prom that include temperature, fetal movement, meconium staining etc. If something doesn't seem right seek medical attention.
A note from Carmen
So often I see post on social media from people that they have been schedule for an induction but don't want it asking what they can do. My answer has always been don't show up. If you feel that you are not getting the right care, make the change. The provider works for you, fire them.
I am asked so often why I chose to give birth to my first child with a midwife and the answer is simple research. I took all the free time I had into my research. I read books to prepare myself for all possible outcomes. I trusted myself and my provider.
Inductions can save lives. The can save the lives of parents and their children, but the key is having your induction be evidence based.
Have you ever been induced? If so, what was the reason.