|Originally posted by its_our_family
My ob refused to turn of the pit to see what would happen. When they would turn it down the contractions would normalize. But he refused to turn it off. Tracy's hb was fine and he was doing great. But they were afriad I was going to rupture because of the stress that the pit put on my system.
Ho. Lee. Crap.
I got chills reading this because you describe my dd2's birth like you were there for it. I was also stuck in an endless contraction and I begged
them to turn down the pit, which had been going full blast for God knows how long, but they were adamant. They said that if I wanted to to have any chance at a vbac, they needed to get the baby out sooner not later, so the pit must stay on. I came *this close* to having a section for the same reason as you, but for 2 lucky breaks. One: my daughter had a heart like a metronome, tolerating labor exceptionally well. I'm told that if the the strip had shown so much as a hiccup
, I would have *absolutely* been sectioned again. After 2 days of hard pit labor, it's a miracle she never appeared to register distress.
But my biggest stroke of luck happened when the pump eventually ran dry. Without the pitocin onslaught, the contractions normalized very quickly into manageable peaks and valleys again (instead of remaining plateaued at the peak). While they sent someone out to get another pump, I tested pushing gently with the contractions again, and lo and behold, the baby started moving down. 25 minutes later I had my baby.
I'm convinced that the monster contraction artificially frozen mid-peak ultimately served as an obstruction to birth, because as soon as my uterus was allowed to fully unclench, the baby resumed her descent. Until then, I could have pushed till my eyes popped out, but against a muscle siezed into rigidity by pitocin, I never stood a chance. This is all 20/20 hindsight of course, but it's hard not to see the irony of my hospital induction consisting largely of the very elements that put me at greatest risk for the very rare rupture I was seeking to avoid, and the repeat c-section I narrowly escaped.
Live and learn.
I look back on the whole episode and really only have one lingering question: Why were the doctors so reluctant to turn the pit off, even after they already acknowledge that it may have been doing more harm than good by that point? How could they be so worried about the risk of imminent rupture that they suggest c-section, yet refuse to turn off the most likely cause?
Sort of on a related note, but does anyone know the rationale behind their fear of labor slowing down or stopping for a bit at the end, even though I was engaged and fully dialated? I don't get it. I thought it was normal to have a lull just after transition.
Edited to remove the following paragraph because I felt it implied that I think they tricked me (something which I don't believe). The mistaken assumption was on me for projecting my wishful thinking that I could opt out at any time.The reason I'm asking is, prior to induction, I was told that if the pitocin didn't take, they would turn it off and send me home. I certainly didn't take that to mean that if the pitocin *did* establish contractions, it had to stay on, and dosages can only go up. In fact, I only agreed to the induction under the mistaken impression that I could opt out at any time.