Garg, drs who insist on inducing just annoy me. My dr said a week after my 'due date' I'd have to be induced. I just smiled and kinda umhuh-ed and thought, "Yeah, right, I don't have
to do anything." I'd told DH months before that I did not
want to be induced. Hello, babies can't/don't stay in there forever! And due dates are only estimates!
She also kinda tried to scare-tactic me, saying the one lady she 'let' go overdue had to have a c/s b/c of complications. Um, and a friend who was induced three weeks before I was due, (she was a week 'overdue') had a c/s b/c 'the baby was distressed'. Well, duh, I'd be distressed if I wasn't ready to come out and things were happening! Since when did the medical establishment they knew better than the human body??? And when did they decide that a due date was an exact date? Everything I've read says give or take a week, so what basis do drs have to induce when it's an estimate
? I also like that fact that in Europe where they have 80% midwife-attended homebirths, the due date is considered 41
weeks. And I recall a recent university study that said that a possible cause of labour starting was a hormone being released by the baby when the lungs were matured. Makes sense to me!
Um, yeah, so you can vent, Jen. I just ranted.
I do kinda wonder if inducing has an effect on the mother's health later on? Interruption/disturbance of the natural hormones? Induction has always disturbed me(long before I got married), and I've got a gut feeling,YKWIM, no studies to prove that idea. . . but I wonder.
I was also thinking how wonderful my drug-free delivery was. Hard as the cx got strong at the end, the last couple of hours, but I just felt intense pressure as her head came down/crowned, and immediately
after felt good, not muzzy-headed from drugs, just naturally euphoric from the lovely natural endophins and adrenaline. Why would anyone want drugs to mess that all up? And to top it off, the severe plugged ducts I am fighting/working on, were hurting so bad yesterday that I was thinking it was worse than labour b/c the fever had made my whole body tense up(fighting chills), so my back and neck were aching, my throat felt sore(?) and even my ears hurt, I was so weak I didn't feel safe carrying DD down the hall. I thought, "Shoot, I'd rather have labour than this! How did I go through labour?" I thought I had low pain tolerance, before labour, thought maybe not after, but yeah, I do. But it's definitely not as bad when you get something good for hard and sometimes painful work.
So anyway, back to your friend, could she not meet the backup OB? It's her choice, not her dr's who 'delivers' the baby. Don't people know they can stand up for themselves?
What percentage of inductions end up in c/s? And what percentage of overterm(proper term, or overdue?) pregnancies result in c/s? I think I'll post that in Birth Professionals and do some research.
So thanks for venting, you got me thinking and doing more than just pondering my questions.