View Poll Results: If you had labor induced, did you:
Have a natural vaginal birth? 14 73.68%
Have a cesarean section? 5 26.32%
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Poll: For Moms Who Had Labor Induced

Does having your water broken count?
Originally Posted by pacammi

My poor sis is a tiny little thing. They broke her water, tried pitocin, she pushed for 5 hours, used the vac, then they finally did a c-section. The doc said her pelvis is just not shaped for a 8 pound baby to pass through it.

She was like...."Could we have figured that out before I pushed for 5 hours and used that vac?!?!?!" I guess the vac was terribly painful.

I'm thinking C-section!!
I did not, but my sil was induced at a few days past 40 weeks, because the baby was big. She never progressed past 40 cm and then they said that the baby was in distress so she got a section. My nephew was big, 9 lbs. She's a big girl, but they said her pelvis was small. I tend to take that with a grain of salt, though.

A realted question, almost everyone that I hear about getting a C-section because baby is in distress ends up with a baby that scores 9 or 10 on the APGAR. Which makes me suspicious about the whole distress thing. Are all those babies in distress, or can docs just not distinguish distress from normal fluctuations on the baby monitor. But that is the topic of another unscientific poll.
Originally Posted by geeky
That's a great point...I always wonder too...
Originally Posted by WileECoyote - Daddy's grl

In response to this:
Baby's often give out "clues" that they are becoming distressed long before their heartrates drop down low. While many of the babies "clues" can be ignored and can be delivered vaginally, some will fatigue and need an emergancy C/S. It is much easier to have a C/S before the babies heartrate bottems out. Even the fastest OR team takes mintues from the time a C/S is called until the baby is out. Minutes without oxygen can lead to brain damage.
I had a tear in the water thingy. No pain, nothing. The only reason I went in was because I had to do kick counts and she didn't move once during the 1/2 hr I was keeping count. Since I was high risk( because of my weight) the doctors said to go in. I guess what they did was break the water. I swear I went from la-la-la. I'm feeling good. To WTF this hurts in less than 2 minutes. 14 1/2 hrs later she was born vaginally.
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I do hear stories about an awful lot of women nowadays who were told that their pelvises were too narrow to deliver vaginally An awful lot. The c-section rate is now a quarter-a third of all US births, I think. But a generation ago is was 5%. Have women's pelvises changed shape ? I don't think so. It's weird.

Well, you do what you have to do if you're told your baby is in distress. No one's really going to be willing to take that risk and attempt to outsmart the obstetrician in that situation.

I was induced and had a c-section as well (my insurance co policywas to schedule an induction if you went to 41 weeks and that was what happened). I think some factors like how much you are already dilated (I wasn't at all) and how much you're allowed to move around (I was strapped to a bed for 1 1/2 days straight) also play into the numbers. The docs also hinted that the baby was going to be big (she was average, 7 lbs, 9 oz) and that she was probably not going to drop anymore (hmm, my hips are of the childbearing sort, doubt that!). After 4 hours of piggyback contractions, an epidural I was eternally grateful for, and a day and a half in the delivery room, I was stalled at 9 cm with a high up baby. The doctor made the call and by that point I was so frustrated that I was all for it.

I think the increase in c-sections boils down to the insurance and hospitals getting a little TOO cautious with labor and delivery. It's not treated like a natural event anymore.
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You're absolutely right, gemini. It's all about lawsuits.
Well, you do what you have to do if you're told your baby is in distress. No one's really going to be willing to take that risk and attempt to outsmart the obstetrician in that situation.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
This is also the problem that the OB's face. The hospital mandates that they use fetal monitoring for fear of lawsuits. And then if the monitor shows that there might be fetal distress, the OB can't very well ignore it either. Just another example of how medical intervention leads to more medical intervention.

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