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Resources for if you need to- or chose to- induce labor

Posted by on Sep. 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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If you need an induction for medical reasons or you decide to allow an elective induction, there are methods to consider other than pitocin- particularly for elective induction. The manufacturer of Pitocin states their product should not be used for elective inductions. PACKAGE INSERT FOR PITOCIN If your Bishop Score is below a nine (What is a BISHOP SCORE?), then you will need cervical ripening with Cervidil or Foley Bulb. One way the body prepares, naturally for labor is this step and if you do this step before working to get contractions going, it drastically increases your chances of a successful induction.

Please, do NOT let them use Cytotec as your cervical ripener, because the manufacturer AND the FDA has stated it is too dangerous to use for inducing women and should NEVER be used for that purpose! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

While waiting for your cervix to ripen, you can use a breast pump to stimulate contractions. The pump will have your body release oxycotin, which is what pitocin mimics. PLEASE do NOT let them break your water. That puts you on the clock and you will be fighting them to not do a c-section to "prevent infection". Artifical rupture of the membranes drastically increases the chances of cord prolapse, which is an emergency situation. It also makes it more difficult for baby to move into an optimum position for labor, since they will have less fluids to manuver easily- causing a more painful labor for mom and increase the risk of baby going into distress, since they no longer have a cushion to protect them during contractions. (The best way to prevent infection and reduce the amount of pain you are in and not slow labor is not allow any vaginal exams. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.) 

You can also using pressure points between pumping sessions, to help get contractions going. These pressure points can, supposedly, also help baby to turn into a better position. CLICK HERE or CLICK HERE

http://www.threeriversbirth.com/?p=400  (Inducing with a breast pump) 

http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/vaginal-exams  (Vaginal exams, when are they needed and helpful?)

http://www.thebirthingsite.com/interventionsacomplications/item/506-the-pros-and-cons-of-the-artificial-rupture-of-the-membranes-procedure.html (Benefits and risks of artifical rupture of membranes)

http://apps.who.int/rhl/reviews/CD006167.pdf (Great studies under Cochrane review on amniotomy, also called Artifical Rupture of Membranes or the doctor "breaking the water")

http://www.cafemom.com/group/117811/forums/read/17473398/being_in_control_during_induction (How to maintain control of your labor, during an induction.)


by on Sep. 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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AshleySail
by on Sep. 28, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I was talking to my obgyn today, and he said he gave someone cytotec to induce labor yesterday.. As if it were okay. :(
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louzannalady
by Group Owner on Sep. 28, 2012 at 1:28 AM

That would scare the crap out of me! I opted to not birth in a free-standing birthing center specifcally because the MED-wife induced with Cytotec at 41 weeks because she did not "allow" post-dates. : / Instead, I birthed in a baby-friendly designated hospital birthing center, with midwives and had a great water birth! It really is who you chose for your care, that will have a huge impact on your safety during birth. 

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I was talking to my obgyn today, and he said he gave someone cytotec to induce labor yesterday.. As if it were okay. :(


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