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Hey mamas! I was just doing some webmd reading for a friend and came across Laminaria in a list of induction medicines. Having never heard of it I did a brief web search and found that it is a natural inducer. Has anyone here had any experience with it? Do any of our wonderful midwives use it? Please tell me as I would love to suggest it to my friends who insist that planned induction is the way to go.<br><br>
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I had this - but it was to induce me for the loss of my second child. I found out at 17 weeks that there was no longer a heartbeat. My OB inserted this and let it stay in overnight. The next morning I went to the hospital and they removed it. It had dilated me quite a bit.<br><br>
It kind of looks like a tampon...and there were times that night I had it in that I thought it would slip right out. I had absolutely no pain associated with the dilation (similar to DD#1 in that I was dilating without even realizing it). It didn't get me to a 10, but I didn't need to be that open anyway for what they were doing.<br><br>
If I had to be induced, I would request this again (although I'm not sure it would even be necessary for me to request it since it was my OB who inserted it after telling me about it!)<br><br>
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Laminaria is seaweed compressed into a tube. After it is inserted into the cervix it expands with the moisture. We use it for terminations. I have never heard of anyone using it to induce for a live birth. It is a bit uncomfortable to insert and I imagine there is risk of infection because the cervix needs to be dilated a bit to fit them. They stay in about 12 hours or until they fall out on their own.
 

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Can you suggest to your friends that they just wait for their babies to come? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> There are so many beautiful lists of information just in this forum you could put into a handout and give away.<br>
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:LOL Janet! Yes, I have suggested waiting until the baby lets you know it's time, midwives, homebirth, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, babywearing. Sigh. Although breastfeeding is an option as long as it's "easy" and they accepted the slings gracefully, they all have OBs. So, so far we've had babes induced at 37 weeks (cause it was a holiday weekend and what if there wasn't a bed available and we went into labor (first time mom)!) and 38 weeks (the baby is just going to be too big if we wait! (2nd time mom)). Luckily so far augmentation with pit. and the subsequent epidurals haven't resulted in c-sections but 2/5 would be pretty right on with statistics. So, finding something natural and "gentle" (I don't consider pit. to be "gentle" in the slightest) while being "medically" acceptable (cohosh? what's that? yuck! castor oil? who does that?) for the mainstream and the OBs.<br><br>
Thanks for the responses so far! Any other mamas or midwives?<br><br>
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These are my thoughts exactly.
 
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