Inducing Labor

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Inducing Labor
Tue, 01-22-2013 - 1:42pm

Inducing labor after a woman has been pregnant for more than 37 weeks can reduce an infant's risk of death before, during or shortly after birth without increasing the need for cesarean delivery, a new study says.

However, babies born after induced labor were also more likely to require admission to a hospital's infant intensive care unit, said researchers led by Sarah Stock of the School of Women and Infant's Health at University of Western Australia.

One expert not connected to the study called it "an important article."

The work "confirms a prior retrospective study demonstrating that induction of labor is not associated with an increase in cesarean section," said Dr. Joanne Stone, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

"In addition, while there is a small increase in NICU [neonatal intensive care unit] admission, the prevention of fetal/neonatal death is an extremely important finding," she said.

Interesting article!  BTDT mamas- did you have your previous labor induced?  What were the reasons for inducing labor?  If you could, would you do things differently?

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Tue, 01-29-2013 - 8:43am

I've heard mixed reviews from women who were induced. Some said the contractions were intense and they ended up needing an epidural, others said thanks to Bradley/Hypno/Birthing From Within they could cope with the intense contractions. A few said if they had known their baby would end up in NICU, they would have told people to ST--I mean to be quiet and not pressure them to give birth. Some women refused to say what their due date was in order to avoid being peer pressured into an induction. Some dads said an induction labour was great, because the baby just shot right out and they didn't have much coaching to do (I leave to your imagination the look the mother shot the father, LOL!)


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Registered: 07-21-1998
Mon, 02-04-2013 - 11:28am

I find that whole thing a little hard to believe and a little self-serving. I'd previously heard claims that induced labors in first-time mothers were up to 50% likely to end in a c-section. It probably isn't a one-size-fits all answer. 

My OB started pressuring me for an induction for my VBAC, when I went to 40 weeks. (This was just before the studies that suggested this increased the likelihood of a uterine rupture) I put her off for 5 more days, and went into a natural and easy labor without. I was, at that point, afraid my mother would seriously turn on the pressure, lest I didn't have the baby in the two week window she decided to visit for, but having one preemie, I really didn't want to force the baby out too soon.

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Registered: 01-16-2013
Tue, 03-05-2013 - 10:34am

I'm actually pretty terrified at the thought of having to induce labor.  It seems like it happens often, especially for first-time moms, and I've heard it makes your labor a lot more difficult.  I'm hoping to avoid induction if at all possible.

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