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Birth and Beyond > Scheduled C-Section cause the baby is estimated @ 9 lbs. - *Update*
kymholly's Avatar kymholly 02:36 PM 07-29-2006
?????

I just got off the phone w/my sil who's heading off to a baby shower for a friend of hers. The friend isn't due for 4 weeks, but she's having a section in 10 days 'cause the dr. estimates the baby to be big. And this woman has already delivered another child vaginally. But, according to my sil, the friend, "had to really push hard" to get her 9# daughter out. I just listened to my sil flabbergasted... I just can't imagine agreeing to having myself cut open two weeks early without even really knowing anything! Those estimates can be off by 2 pounds!!! :sigh:

OK, I'm done now. I just wanted to share with people who might understand my shock, 'cause my sil & her friend think it's all just ducky.

I finally got an update from my sil about her friend. Her estimated due date was 8/23 & she was scheduled for a section on 8/9. On 8/6 she went out to dinner & her water broke! So off she went to the hospital where she delivered a 10# 6 oz. baby boy... via c-section.

At least the baby got to pick his own birthday... kind of!


a_work_in_progress's Avatar a_work_in_progress 02:40 PM 07-29-2006


That is all.
Guest*'s Avatar Guest* 02:41 PM 07-29-2006
It's hard to hear stories like that.

I had a friend who recently had her first. She did have a c/s after a few hours of labor. When the baby was born and found to be an 8 1/2 pounder, the docs said they would have scheduled the c/s if they had known it was that big! : But, since the u/s said the baby was barely a 7#er, they "let" her labor.

I'll never understand the reasoning and why there aren't more women who question their docs when they tell them this.
wildbirth's Avatar wildbirth 02:44 PM 07-29-2006
I can relate to your frustration. These women have no clue as to the power they could be experiencing, birthing, and nurturing as was intended. Of my 6 babies, two were under 9 lbs, two were under 10 and two were 10lbs. I am so glad I didn't fall for the"too big" crap and go under the knife. How do you get all the cute little symbols on the bottom of your writings?
Kleine Hexe's Avatar Kleine Hexe 02:45 PM 07-29-2006
Yep, happens all the time. My friend was induced three and a half weeks early because OB said the baby was well over 8 pounds and would be close to 10 pounds by her due date. So they induced and baby came out weighing a whopping 6lbs 1oz. He spent the day in an incubator as his lungs needed "a bit of help" but he was perfectly healthy, don't ya know.
katja's Avatar katja 02:46 PM 07-29-2006
Let us know how big the babe turns out to be. I hate these stories.
kymholly's Avatar kymholly 02:47 PM 07-29-2006
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Originally Posted by wildbirth
... How do you get all the cute little symbols on the bottom of your writings?
Go to "user CP" towards the top left of your screen & then select "edit signature" But remember... you can only have 2 lines of text!
wonderwahine's Avatar wonderwahine 02:47 PM 07-29-2006
I hate drs like that! ds was estimated to be nearly 9lbs a month before I was induced.......when he was born he was 8lb 9oz.

I have a freind that delivers both her 10lber kids vaginally with no painkillers, and she didnt have GD or anything else.
kymholly's Avatar kymholly 02:50 PM 07-29-2006
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Originally Posted by Kleine Hexe
Yep, happens all the time. My friend was induced three and a half weeks early because OB said the baby was well over 8 pounds and would be close to 10 pounds by her due date. So they induced and baby came out weighing a whopping 6lbs 1oz. He spent the day in an incubator as his lungs needed "a bit of help" but he was perfectly healthy, don't ya know.
That's just what I'm thinking. I am praying that she goes into labor the day before she's scheduled... at least then the baby would actually be ready to be born.
earthmama369's Avatar earthmama369 02:51 PM 07-29-2006
Wow. And here I was thinking that painwise, I had an easier time laboring and birthing ds (shoulder dystocia aside) at 10 pounds 4 ounces than I did his 7 pound 12 ounce big sister. I certainly tore less with him -- he weighed more, but her head was bigger, and fat is squishy!

ETA: And that would be a drug-free birth, I should say.
Sharlla's Avatar Sharlla 02:52 PM 07-29-2006
I know a lady that had a c-section because her baby was suppose to be 10 lbs. The baby was actually 7 lbs. I would have been PO'd.
LizaBear's Avatar LizaBear 02:53 PM 07-29-2006
These stories are horrifying, but sadly not surprising

I can say that I had to "push really hard" to birth my 7#8 oz baby, but my 8#12 oz baby was a breeze ! But the reactions I get when someone finds out that my DD was 'nearly 9 lbs' is priceless - I think fully 1/2 the people who know automatically asume I had an epidural and should have had a section - the rest know that she was an unassisted home waterbirth !
Clarinet's Avatar Clarinet 02:57 PM 07-29-2006
I had gestational diabetes with my first and I consented to the induction (but a week after her due date) because I was told she'd be too big what with going over and the GD. She was a tiny little 6 pounds, 11 ounces. And the induction was soooooo not worth it. My second was 8 pounds and much easier.
Drummer's Wife's Avatar Drummer's Wife 02:57 PM 07-29-2006
I'm sorry but her ob must be an idiot. Hope everything goes well for her and the baby.
IamPink's Avatar IamPink 02:57 PM 07-29-2006
With ds2 (first biological child) I had an ultrasound Sept 7th. They estimated him to be over 7 lbs and said that we might need to go ahead with a c/s. I had the u/s because he had been breach up until the night before !
They started talking about going ahead and scheduling one on the 15th. He was due (according to them) Oct 10th and they couldn't get over how far I always measured.. of course they also wouldn't listen when I told them I knew the dates so I just ignored their date!
I didn't agree to a c/s or induction and went on to have my baby Sept 24th which was 2 days before *my* due date. He was 8lbs 7 1/2 oz. I had to laugh when they put down 37 weeks and went on and on about how if he had been born near his due date that he would have been 12 lbs. I still haven't found out why that would have been a problem! :
Just goes to show you that their due dates mean diddly!!
CrazyCatLady's Avatar CrazyCatLady 02:58 PM 07-29-2006
I was also told that my baby would be 10+ pounds. I was supposed to report to the hospital to be induced with a likely c/sec. I just kept not showing up at the hospital and I when I finally went into labor (3 weeks late), I just went to a different hospital where I didn't know anyone. Baby ended up being 6.10 at 43 weeks. Think how small she would have been if I had let them take her at 38-40 weeks. During those last few weeks where I kept not showing up at the hospital, the dr's office sent me some scary and threatening letters. I can see how other woman get bullied into doing what their doctor says.
kymholly's Avatar kymholly 03:00 PM 07-29-2006
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife
I'm sorry but her ob must be an idiot. Hope everything goes well for her and the baby.
I totally agree! I will be getting his/her name to be sure that I never deal with him/her. (Although, I doubt I'll ever stop seeing my nmw)
shelbean91's Avatar shelbean91 03:03 PM 07-29-2006
My sisters friend was induced early b/c of a 'huge' baby. Induction failed, c-section happened. 'huge baby' turned out to be 6lb 11oz.
Emilie's Avatar Emilie 03:28 PM 07-29-2006
ick ick ick ick....
sapphire_chan's Avatar sapphire_chan 03:34 PM 07-29-2006
When babies are born at 6 pounds and need to be in the NICU for days after c-sections for "suspected macrocosmia" why don't people sue? Is it just that they're embarrassed to admit that they fell for the lies? If I was stupid enough to fall for some OB telling me "your baby'll be *huge* you need a c-section NOW!" I'd be willing to publicly admit I was stupid and gullible in order to denouce the sOB as a manipulating liar.
DreamsInDigital's Avatar DreamsInDigital 03:36 PM 07-29-2006
I had a 10 lb. 2 oz. baby at home with no meds and pushed him out 15 minutes with no trauma.
Soooo incredibly ridiculous.
doula and mom's Avatar doula and mom 03:54 PM 07-29-2006
I went with a client to a CNM appt and the CNM told me she was absolutely 100% CERTAIN that the baby was 11lbs. Suuuuuuuuuuure. Client ended up having a c-s (long story) and the baby was 9.5 -- pretty big, but nowhere near 11lbs. Gah. :
texaspeach's Avatar texaspeach 03:54 PM 07-29-2006
one of the things I don't understand - I mean besides the obvious - is why the OBs schedule a section two weeks early. If you accept the baby is going to be large and won't be born vaginally (willing suspension of disbelief here!) what is the harm of letting it cook until 40 weeks? They schedule all these unnecessary sections weeks early and end up with babies being born under-developed. I fail to see the logic behind it.
kymholly's Avatar kymholly 04:07 PM 07-29-2006
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Originally Posted by texaspeach
one of the things I don't understand - I mean besides the obvious - is why the OBs schedule a section two weeks early. If you accept the baby is going to be large and won't be born vaginally (willing suspension of disbelief here!) what is the harm of letting it cook until 40 weeks? They schedule all these unnecessary sections weeks early and end up with babies being born under-developed. I fail to see the logic behind it.
I hear you!

I think that their warped mentality is that they don't want the woman to go into labor 'cause then they might need to do an emergency section instead of a scheduled one. :
mandib50's Avatar mandib50 04:18 PM 07-29-2006

it is so discouraging to hear this.
Drummer's Wife's Avatar Drummer's Wife 04:35 PM 07-29-2006
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Originally Posted by texaspeach
one of the things I don't understand - I mean besides the obvious - is why the OBs schedule a section two weeks early. If you accept the baby is going to be large and won't be born vaginally (willing suspension of disbelief here!) what is the harm of letting it cook until 40 weeks? They schedule all these unnecessary sections weeks early and end up with babies being born under-developed. I fail to see the logic behind it.
cause there's less chance of going into labor thus requiring an unscheduled c-section. Not near as convenient as a scheduled one is for the OB and hospital staff. Also, I'm sure it's easier to pull the baby out the incision if it's smaller rather than larger. Not really good logic IMO but it happens all the time.
angelpie545's Avatar angelpie545 04:46 PM 07-29-2006
I gave birth to a 9lb 50z baby with no drugs, not episiotimy, no IV, no monitor, at 18 years old in a hot tub! And that's after she got stuck inside me and I had to march all over the room to get her unstuck. If I had been in the hosptial I bet I would've been sectioned or induced weeks before b/c of a "big baby" : She still had vernix on her, too.
a_work_in_progress's Avatar a_work_in_progress 05:50 PM 07-29-2006
Big babies can be born vaginally with no problems. My first was 9lbs 13oz, born at a hospital. After that, I went on to have a 9lber and a 10lb 8ozer at home unassisted.

My last child was my biggest, and the shortest labor out of all of 'em. 5 ½ hours of labor to get that guy out!
MamaTaraX's Avatar MamaTaraX 06:24 PM 07-29-2006
I think there needs to be a poll called "Do you personally know someone who had a c/s for a supposedly big baby that turned out to be not veyr big at all?" I just don't get why people odn't question more things! I see it all the time though. Women looked completely shocked when I tell they don't HAVE TO do anything their doctor says and that they HAVE A CHOICE BECUASE IT IS THEIR BIRTH. I have seen more jaws drop than I ever thought I would. It's sad.

Namaste, Tara
Full Heart's Avatar Full Heart 06:25 PM 07-29-2006
Had a friend 2 years ago now that was induced because of GD. They didn't want the baby getting too big. Poor thing weighed 5 lbs 9 oz! She was teeny tiny! I didn't talk to them about how they felt about the induction but they didn't seem very happy.

Then I was talking to another lady. Her baby was the same age as mine and she was relating her horror story of a birth. Epidural and huge episiotomy for shoulder dystocia because her baby was soooo big. Just under 9 lbs. I said Oh thats too bad. I had such an easy labor with mine, at home too. Then she asked how big he was when he was born...Oh he was 9 lbs. The look on her face was priceless. She was soooo proud she could share her horror story. She never said another word about it.
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