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  1. #26
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    Sep 2011
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    Hey all I'm not up on research and statistics but just wanted to share my experience. I would definitely check in with your provider about their feelings/experiences toward inductions and c sections. I had the choice between an older "old school" OB/GYN and a younger, more "surgically oriented" OB/GYN (unfortunately, midwives aren't available in my area- Rural New Mexico). I went with the older doctor because she seemed more open to letting things progress naturally and just generally seemed more comfortable with the process.

    I spoke to my doc about her C section rate around the 20th week and she was proud to tell me that it was much lower than the national average or the state average, and was less than half the rate of the younger doc in practice. But she was also quick to tell me that if a C section was needed, she was going to do it no questions asked and reminded me that C sections save lives in many cases when they're indicated.

    I was 40 weeks 5 days when my doctor advised me to be admitted and start the induction process. She had noticed some calcifications on the placenta and advised that my daughter be deliver sooner rather than later. So I had an induction at a hospital in the US and while it wasn't the birth I was planning to have, it went well and the outcome was that I had my beautiful, healthy girl vaginally (hooray!). They did use pitocin and it wasn't as horrible as most people make it out to be. My water broke on its own and I got the epidural about 4 hours later, when I was 6 cm dilated. I labored for 8 more hours, began pushing at 10pm and had her an hour later. It was a LOOOOONG process (I was admitted Wednesday at 5pm and had Aniella at 11pm on Friday) and I wish someone would have told me that most inductions for first timers are very very long. I was expecting to have my baby by Thursday lunch! and was very disappointed when I was still in labor. I was hardly dilated at all after 24 hours of pitocin and my doctor even gave me the option to go home until the following monday and then come back in and try again! Out fear and exhaustion, I declined that offer and decided to try pitocin again the next day (Friday), with the understanding that if I didn't work, I would have a c section on Saturday.

    All things considered, I may try to wait a little longer with my 2nd baby as to avoid another induction (obviously only if everything is progressing well and babe is healthy). I agree with you about the US handling labor and delivery from an illness/disease model, and would have much rather preferred a more natural birth. However, I don't have any regrets about Aniella's birth and am just happy that we're both healthy. So my advice to speak to your provider, let him/her know your wishes, but to keep a very open mind and a flexible spirit.

    Good luck and let us know what happens!
    proud mama to Aniella Juniper 5.10.13

  2. #28
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
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    Currently on the west side of the U.S.
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    @andiecagg: Thank you so much for sharing your story! Always nice to hear an experience that ended positively. And your perspective is exactly right and the one I'm going to do my best to maintain: listen to the doctors, keep an open mind, know myself and my body, but be able to go with the flow. I will definitely be bringing this conversation up at my next OB visit (which isn't until the end of July but ok, lots of time to prepare)!
    Christine

    Pregnancy #1: lost to mc, 10/11

    Amelia Joelle arrived on 11/28/13 at 7 pounds, 4 ounces of pure beauty. Couldn't be happier to finally be mommy!

  3. #30
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    Apr 2011
    Location
    New Zealand
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    @cvdutch, thank you!

    Your decision to birth in a hospital sounds sensible and well thought out. Back to the original topic, here are two links on the pros & cons of epidural and inductions:

    http://www.childbirthconnection.org/...k=1072&area=27
    http://www.childbirthconnection.org/...nk=262&area=27

    The site in general has lots of very good info.
    Mother to miss Mila Arden and her brand new brother, Cato Bennett

  4. #32
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
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    Also I would,d strongly suggest hiring a doula if you are interested in a natural birth or even if you are OK with having an epidural. They can help with natural pain relief, help keep you focused, give moral support to your husband, act as advocates to help you with making decisions and making sure your wishes are heard.

  5. #34
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    Apr 2013
    Location
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    @jmsr823: My husband did some reading on doulas too and he is all about hiring one. I'm a bit afraid of the cost but it sounds like a fantastic idea. Anyone have any suggestions on how to find one (a good one)? Do you interview a few first? Any ballpark estimates on cost? Thanks again!
    Christine

    Pregnancy #1: lost to mc, 10/11

    Amelia Joelle arrived on 11/28/13 at 7 pounds, 4 ounces of pure beauty. Couldn't be happier to finally be mommy!

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