Originally Posted by Greaseball
What do you mean by "never?"
Usually, when people say the baby never dropped or the cervix never dilated, they mean it did not happen in the amount of time the mother was "allowed." If it never happened, that poor woman would still be in labor.
How do they know she would not have dilated in another hour or two? As long as there is no fetal distress, why not just let it continue?
She dilated to three but her baby was not engaged. He was very high. She stayed at 3 for I believe six hours and she just didn't lie in bed. She was up walking around, pelvic rocking, etc. We were doing things to encourage labor along. Her contractions were right on top of each other, and sometimes could barely get her breath. After six hours of no progress and her baby had still not dropped, she decided to rest in bed with Nubain. Even with that she was in horrible pain and asked for an epidural. I wanted to encourage her not too do it but she was so emotionally bad off with the pain I didn't want to make things worse for her. IMO, it wasn't the time. After she rested, the belief is that she would dilate -- it just didn't happen. We joked it was like he was backing up rather than going down. Finally in the late afternoon she said she wanted to have a csection. Her doctor didn't pressure her at all to have one, nor did anyone else. When she made the decision she seemed pretty with it, unlike the hours before. She was offered AROM and PIT and refused. She said she would rather be csectioned that have that type of induction when she had been at 3cm for so long and her baby wasn't even engaged. Her next baby 16 months later was a transverse breech.
So what should she have done, gone with the AROM and PIT? I just don't know if that would have helped but only made things worse.