True confessions and maybe a little insight.
I've been induced 7 times. One spontaneous labor.
#1- I was 42+ weeks. Ended in C-section when baby went into distress at 5cm. Diagnosed with oligohydramnios. DD was obviously very well baked/overdone. I wonder if I had been induced earlier if we would have achieved a vaginal birth.
: it should also be noted my mom went to 45 weeks with her first and he died of complications of severe postmaturity. there was a definite fear during my labor.
#2-induced at 39 weeks for oligohydramnios. AFI of 6 which I was told at the time was one step away from emergency C-section. In hindsight I think if I tried superhydrating I would have been fine. successful VBAC but with a ton of complications.
#3-induced 9 days past EDD. suspected growth issues secondary to beta blockers. easy induction with nothing but cervidil. "tiny" baby was 7-14. :roll:
#4-spontaneous labor!!!!!!!!! easy-peasy could do it every day
#5-my mom was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer on Dec 20. my edd was jan 12. we knew it was bad but wouldn't know how bad for a couple weeks. we were expecting stage IV. I am my mothers only surviving child. my older brother died, my little sister died. the first phone call I made after I got off the phone with my mother was my midwife. I NEED THIS BABY OUT, as soon as it is 'safe'. we picked Jan 4. it was a thursday. my mom was due to start chemo on the following monday when we would also get the results of the PET scan, CT scan and bone scan. on jan 4 we aggressively stripped my membranes and I walked the mall. I met midwife at the hospital in the late afternoon and we stripped the membranes again, eventually broke the BOW and I my dd was born at 10:58PM. my mom was able to come and see the baby and visit before her very long almost year of treatment began.
i got a lot of grief from my more natural-minded friends for this choice. but I needed her out. i just couldn't handle being pregnant and worrying about/caring for my mom. i needed her to be able to see emma before she went into treatment. it was a calculated risk and thankfully it turned out well. ironically, while my smallest and earliest (by that point) baby she was the most vigorous at birth with the best apgars.
Emma and my mom when em was about 3 days old. I *love* this picture. the juxtaposition of the expression in my mom's eyes and emma's awesome smile is amazing.http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y11/kmomto6/smile.jpg
#6- a prodromaling labor 5 days past EDD that we pushed into active labor with AROM. yes, I was just plain 'done'
#7-nasty pre-e at 38 w, she did great except some jaundice and it was a PIB dealing with an a** of an oncall pediatrician and Nurse Ratched in the nursery. awful induction with mag on board too. i give my OB a lot of credit. Aren't many docs willing to induce a pre-eclamptic VBAC.
#8-escalating PIH at 36w6d. baby born at exactly 37 weeks and spent a week in the NICU
#9- I am hoping to hit my EDD or get really close. I'd way rather be pregnant and miserable than sitting in the NICU and miserable. BTDT, have the T-shirt, never want it again if I can avoid it.
P.S. My mom is a 9 year survivor of Stage IIIB breast cancer.