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#1 of 4 Old 08-06-2014, 07:45 AM - Thread Starter
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Urgent question regarding induction at 37 weeks - sister in hospital now.

My sister has had high bp off and on the last few weeks. Both her and baby have been fine otherwise. She is currently at 37w2d. She has been in the hospital since Monday morning, they placed an insert in Monday and another one 24 hours later with no progress. They started pitocin 15 hours ago and still no progress. She is waiting to meet with them and I'm afraid they are going to give her an unnecessary c-section. Is it possible for the doctor to stop the pictocin and just let her go home to labor naturally?
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It doesn't sound like her body is ready to go into labor. From your description, it sounds like they gave her a cervical ripener/prostaglandin twice and nothing happened, and the pitocin isn't doing anything. It doesn't seem like she is in labor. If they let her go home, nothing may happen and they wouldn't be able to monitor her BP. Are they giving her medicine to lower the BP? It seems likely that they will suggest a c-section. The urgency of having the baby born depends on how bad the blood pressure situation is. She should talk to her doctor about all the alternatives. Ask what would happen if she did nothing. What are the risks and benefits of each treatment? I hope everything goes well. Just be there for your sister and support her and help her to remain as calm as she can.

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I wish your sister and baby the best. I have no experience with induction or hypertension but your post prompted me to read about it. I first searched 'pitocin risk on maternal blood pressure' and was a bit alarmed but risks and benefits need to be weighed. The following page seems to be balanced information:
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I'm going to move this to the Birth and Beyond forum so you can get more input.

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