Have you really been told all the risk from induction?

It seems far too often we forget to research our birth and things to expect. The risk of having a scheduled induction without medical cause. We are so caught up in holding ou’r new baby for the first time and all the things we might need when the baby comes that we forget to prepare us for what happens to bring our baby into our arms. We need to be well informed of the risk from induction.

inductions come with many risk when used out of convenience instead of medically necessary reasons. Do you know the risk?

Although most inductions are unnecessary I will go over the types of inductions, the risk of these inductions and ways you can naturally and safely help your body get ready. There really is no way to make baby come naturally is they just aren’t ready.

We are not medical professionals and this information should be used to help you further research your birth options. We encourage you to learn all about the risk and benefits of having an induction.

Types of inductions

For some the talk of induction is from the very first visit. I kid you not the first time you meet your provider and tell them about your natural birth plan they go onto this speech they must have practiced a million times in medical school about how the pain is too much and how you won’t be able to take the pain. I know I was given this speech a few times. Did you know 1 in every 4 births started with an induction?

Stripping the membranes. This would be when your medical professional using a gloved hand will attempt to gently separate the amniotic sac from the wall of the uterus. I’ll be honest from past experience this hurts like a mother and did NOTHING for me.

Pitocin. This is an artificial version of what your body would make when you are in labor. Started by using an IV and contractions normally start right away. This is a painful way to induce and can cause fetal distress. I will add the FDA has stated they DO NOT recommend this to induce or convince or scheduling reasons.

Mechanical dilation. A balloon catheter is another option used to induce labor. This is done when the provider inserts a small tube through your vagina into your cervical opening. The provider will then insert water into the balloon causing the cervix to expand.

Medications. Such as Prostaglandin Gels/Suppositories, Cytotec are other options. Gels and suppositories are used when you have an unfavorable, meaning dilated less than 3 cm. By using the bishop score, discussed below, your provider would decide if these are options for you. This can cause you to become nauseated or have headaches. This may be done as an outpatient and will be placed like a tampon during a vaginal exam near the cervix.

Cytotec is a pill that can be taken orally or vaginally and would be placed near the cervix. This also means not having an IV and are not as messy as suppositories. The downside is this may be used with Pitocin or other induction means. This is not a good idea or option for those wanting a VBAC.

Breaking bag of water. An amnihook would be used to break your bag of water when doing a vaginal exam. While this method has no hormones and allows you to continue to move around it can also have its disadvantages including no contractions may start and you are now on a time clock. Many providers will only “allow” you to go so many hours with your water broken and labor not start. Meaning you may need another form of induction as your time clock ticks away.

Are there ways to naturally induce?

We all know that babies will come with their ready but what are some ways to help get your body ready? I asked some women to tell me what they tried and if they thought it worked here is what they had to say.

Options you may want to try before being medically induced.

  • Eating dates.
  • Red Raspberry Leaf Tea.
  • Nipple stimulation.
  • Sex
  • Eating pineapples.
  • Eating spicy foods.
  • Walking
  • Herbal remedies

What are the risk from a medical inductions?

  • Higher c section rate
  • Longer hospital stay
  • Increased need for pain medication
  • Risk of infection
  • Health problems for baby.
  • Complications during delivery.

Valid reasons for medical induction

I found some great links for reasons, medical reasons to induce labor. Whether labor is taking long than your provider would like or when you trying to a VBAC below as some of the only reasons I would ever induce.

Thanks to VBAC facts I was able to find the very list of reasons why you would want to be induced.

  • Abruptio placentae [placental abruption]
  • Chorioamnionitis [uterine infection]
  • Fetal demise [baby has passed away]
  • Gestational hypertension
  • Preeclampsia, eclampsia
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Postterm pregnancy [after 42 weeks]
  • Maternal medical conditions (eg, diabetes, mellitus, renal [kidney] disease, chronic pulmonary disease, chronic hypertension, antiphospholipid syndrome)
  • Fetal compromise (eg, severe fetal growth restriction, isoimmunization, oligohydramnios)

Links to use in your research

I hope this information helps you in your journey to a natural birth without the use of scare tactics by the medical professionals we should be able to trust. Again, not all providers are bad or want to induce you for the wrong reasons but you have back-ups and on-call doctors for a reason. These are not valid reasons to push families into decisions without being told ALL of the possible outcomes and risk.

Where do you find yourself on your journey?

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