A friend of mine's granddaughter has a baby due on February 3. She's been having mild contractions about twenty minutes apart off and on for the last couple of weeks, but they always stop when she drinks a big glass of water and lies on her left side like she's been told to. When she went to the doctor a week and a half ago, she was dilated to three. She went back for another checkup yesterday and she was at four. The doctor said she didn't like a patient to be dilated that much and stay that way for a long time. She said it wasn't good for the baby, and that if the mom was still pregnant for her next checkup on Wednesday, she'd like to induce her on Thursday. It would be a few days before her due date. She said the induction and labor will be easy since the mom is already dilated so far. This all sounds kind of odd to me. The doctor knows best, of course, but I'm wondering why the mom can't just wait for things to happen naturally. Is it honestly dangerous for the baby if the mom is dilated that far for two weeks?
I know sometimes induction is necessary, but my doctor suggested it for me because she was going on vacation and decided she'd like to get the baby born before she left--I said no and used the doc on call instead. So induction is also done for convenience sometimes. The mom-to-be is on Medicaid, and I hate to think it, but maybe the doctor wants to induce because that pays more than the wait-and-see approach and a regular delivery?
Answer by Ginger0104 at 5:30 PM on Jan. 26, 2013
Answer by amandajoy21 at 5:02 PM on Jan. 26, 2013
I was induced twice. I'd want to be induced if I got pregnant again. I actually asked for a scheduled induction with my last delivery which was at 39 weeks. But I had high blood pressure. I needed to arrange for someone to stay with my Son overnight while I was in for delivery. Both went very smoothly & almost exactly the same to the minute.
Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 5:07 PM on Jan. 26, 2013
Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 5:13 PM on Jan. 26, 2013
Answer by PMSMom10 at 5:19 PM on Jan. 26, 2013
Answer by PartyGalAnne at 5:10 PM on Jan. 26, 2013
With my youngest I was 5cm dilated. The doctor told me to go to the hospital. They only thing he did was break my water to induce me. That is the only thing I would let them do.
Answer by louise2 at 5:32 PM on Jan. 26, 2013
Answer by missanc at 5:58 PM on Jan. 26, 2013
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Answer by Cynthje at 7:43 PM on Jan. 26, 2013