BTDT Successful Inductions

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BTDT Successful Inductions
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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 3:10pm

I'm a little anxious about my u/s this weekend to estimate fetal weight...and I'm terrified that an induction will lead to a C-section....


Anyone want to share their successful (ie vaginal) induction stories? Or share any tips that you think could lead to a successful induction?


I'm starting the Gentle Birth Formula (Mountain Meadow Herbs) this weekend (@ 35 weeks) and I've been trying the different poses to help the baby be in an optimal position (ie, not posterior or anything else funky).


Thanks for positive experiences!

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Registered: 09-29-2006
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 4:43pm

Hi Heather,


I have not BTDT myself, but I can think of at least two friends who were induced and successfully delivered their babies vaginally.


A good friend of mine was induced early because of "intrauterine growth restriction." She did say that when the labour finally started, it was "very intense." But she did deliver the baby vaginally. The baby is now a very healthy six-year-old girl:). (Since it was so long ago, I honestly don't remember other details.)


Another friend of mine had an induced labour approximately four months ago. Her water broke and there was meconium in the amniotic fluid, so her labour was induced 24 hours later. (She was almost at 40 weeks, but contractions weren't starting on their own.) She also delivered the baby vaginally, and without pain medication. Due to the inducation, she had to be hooked up to a monitor (and possibly iv?) but she said this did not prevent her from being able to get into different birthing positions.


I hope that might help to ease your mind a bit! But I'm crossing my fingers that the u/s will show your little girl developing right on track, and no induction will be necessary:).


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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 5:27pm
I was induced with both my girls and they were very successful deliveries. I got a cervical softener suppository and a few hours later went into labor on my own with no Pitocin with both of them. My first was about 9 hours and my second was 12 hours. I was 42 weeks with #1 and 40 weeks, 2 days with #2. I think it makes a big difference if your cervix is ready or not, if you've already started dilating a bit and it's effaced some I think you chances of a normal vaginal delivery is way higher.

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 5:39pm

Hey Heather,

I wasn't exactly induced, I went into labor on my own, but I did have my labor basically stall for hours and hours at 5cm, at which point the started pitocin. So from there it was induction I guess, and I had a successful vaginal birth.

I wouldn't put too much stock in weight estimates though. Everytime I hear about someone who's Dr. estimated the baby's weight, it was off by a lot.

James was big baby (9lbs 6oz) and I'm pretty small, and I delivered him vaginally with no problem 10 days after my due date.

Good luck with everything!

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Registered: 07-15-2004
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 6:28pm
Heather.. from right off the bat at 11 weeks it was showing Simon to be 11 days ahead of his EDD.. my OB even upped my due date and at 36 weeks I think it was said she thought he was 7.5lbs. He came on his original due date and was only 7lbs 13oz... which is a pretty average baby size so I wouldn't freak out to much. I also got pitocin because my contractions slowed down and other then a slight tear had a normal vaginal delivery.
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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 7:30pm

I've induced all 3 under different circumstances, all successfully.

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Wed, 03-10-2010 - 9:16pm
While my induction ended up in a c-section, it wasn't due to the induction, it's all my fault. I was induced at 41 weeks 4 days. I was already effacing and 2cm. I was given cervical softer, then water broken, then pit was started. I made it to 10cm and pushed for 2.5 hours. He wasn't coming down the canal so we opted for a c-section, it was in the OR that the doctor discovered we had craniopelvic disproportion. The shape of my pelvis just won't let that baby out (even with his small head) People in the hospital assumed I was failure to progress, I made sure to set them straight. I pushed gosh darn it!

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Registered: 01-17-2007
Thu, 03-11-2010 - 8:19am

Well, I had a successful induction in the sense that I was able to give birth vaginally. That's all I will say on the subject since you only want positive experiences.

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Registered: 03-19-2007
Thu, 03-11-2010 - 1:01pm

Hi Heather -

This is not what you asked for but I really felt the need to pipe in so you can just skip the rest if you really don't want to read about a c-section.

I got induced at 41 weeks due to a failed non-stress test. I did the best I could during labor to avoid extra interventions - I moved around as much as possible, avoided the epidural entirely, never laid on my back, and when it came time to push I alternated positions every so often to try and get my baby to turn from his funky, posterior position ;) Even with five hours of pushing and the assistance of a vacuum, Barrett wouldn't budge so I did have a c-section in the end.

Anyway I am not telling this story in an attempt to terrify you more! But the reality is that inductions due lead to a higher rate of c-sections than going into labor naturally. However I also want to point out that:

I did have a successful induction - they gave me pitocin, I went into labor - some women don't, they get pitocin and labor doesn't start to they have to go home and wait till later (or just have a c-section if waiting isn't an option)

I did have a successful birth - Neither Barrett nor I had any complications from the surgery, and he had absolutely zero health issues in the hospital. I was able to walk to the bathroom by myself the day after he was born and was walking laps around the hospital wing by the next day.

I did not have a successful vaginal birth which I wanted and will try my hardest for with #2, but in the end I had a very positive experience which had everything to do with how I was treated and nothing to do with how Barrett left my body.

I think it is important to do what you can to optimize your chances of having a vaginal birth. Like other ladies have said, fetal weight estimates by u/s can be off by quite a bit. Try not to feel pressured to be induced early just because the estimated size is large.

Anyway I hope you a good u/s, don't have to worry about induction, and go into labor on your own somewhere around 38-39 weeks :) If you are induced, keep in mind that the majority of inductions end with successful vaginal births and the rest of them still end with the mom taking a beautiful baby home! Good luck with everything!

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Registered: 02-01-2004
Thu, 03-11-2010 - 6:53pm
Hi Heather! Both my SIL's were induced and had successful vaginal deliveries. One of them was high-risk and gave birth to an 8-pound baby girl just fine. The Gentle Birth Formula sounds great!
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Fri, 03-12-2010 - 9:34pm

Thanks everyone :) I appreciate the stories and encouragement.

My ultrasound is tomorrow, so send tons of "small baby" vibes my way! Hoping that I won't have to worry at all about them suggesting an induction. I know that I can always refuse...but would rather not have to go there, ya know?

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