If you were medically induced, did you end up have a C-section?

My OB would like for me to be induced if I haven't given birth within the next two weeks (I will not be quite 41 weeks along at that time). I've heard when you're medically induced that you have a 50% higher chance of needing a C-section. My last birth was completely natural, so I wanted this one to be the same way, but the OB is pretty intense when it comes to going past your due date. I'm not even sure how they plan on doing the induction; I'm assuming with Pitocin, but aren't there other ways like stripping your membranes or breaking your water? I've never looked into it as I've never thought I would ever have to...

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:28 AM on Mar. 3, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • I have been induced twice...and have since learned that a doctor's *intensity* is much more around his liability coverage than it is about moms and babies (this is not *him* per se, but the reality of the system). I did not end up with a c/s either time, but I refused pain meds (which slow down labor and keep you immobilized...the biggest reason for inductions turning into sections).

    Remember that you are not truly *past* due until AFTER 42 weeks...40 weeks is a MIDPOINT....so all of the scare tactics are just that....you do not HAVE TO consent to an induction. I think it is best to disengage from the system at 40 weeks until you go into labor spontaneously. This gives you time to be less stressed about the *possibility* of induction. That stress alone is enough to keep your body tense enough to NOT go into labor.

    Also, by stepping back, your instincts can kick in and let you know if something really is wrong.
    Kid_Coach

    Answer by Kid_Coach at 2:22 PM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Yes and yes. I have to tell you after researching because of what happened to me that the doctors telling you that induction does not lead to an increased risk of c-section is a big fat lie. Also the chemicals in Pitocin...not good. They can strip your membranes and break your water but if they don't feel like that's doing the job fast enough (which only takes them about 30 minutes it seems like) they will want to start the pitocin. At any rate I would never ever again do an induction if I didn't have to. GL to you on your new baby however they arrive!
    aurorabunny

    Answer by aurorabunny at 10:31 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • With my oldest I had cervidel my water broke on its own 3 or 4 hours after the cervidel was put in. I was 40 weeks with her my dues date. My youngest I had a week before my due date and I was on patocin with her the dr came in and broke my water. I was induced with both of mine because I am very tiny and I had big babies. I didn't have to have a c-section
    mommy5409

    Answer by mommy5409 at 10:33 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • i wasinduced with pitosin and had my water broken and i didnt have a csection lol and my labor was REALLY easy. i loved being induced it was so relaxed going to the hospital and being in control of everything. i would recomend it to everyone!
    masonsmommy921

    Answer by masonsmommy921 at 10:35 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • Oh I want to add that it does cause a higher risk of a c-section, but both my were fine. And if I ever do it again I would get induced again. To me I rather be induced because you are already at the hospital and you don't have to be in pain getting there lol. The first they didn't ask me the second was a diffrent doctor he asked me if I wanted to be induced I said YES lol
    mommy5409

    Answer by mommy5409 at 10:36 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • i was induced and i came really close to it but didnt i fully dialated at the last min so i got lucky good luck
    Mother_18

    Answer by Mother_18 at 10:36 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • i got induced and had to get a c-section
    it was not cuz of the induction
    but if iwould not have gone in that day my little one would have died
    19bubbles91

    Answer by 19bubbles91 at 10:38 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • May I also ask how far along you ladies were when you were induced? Thank you for all of your answers.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:39 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • I was 41 weeks.
    aurorabunny

    Answer by aurorabunny at 10:41 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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  • I was induced, fully dialted and in labor for 38 hours and I did end up havin a c-section. The babys head was too big but I also think he may not have been ready, ready though I was 40w 2d, I wasn't at all dialated! It worked out though..... Now I'm just a c-section Mom
    AshJoe05

    Answer by AshJoe05 at 10:42 AM on Mar. 3, 2009

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