Cesarian After Waters Broke

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craig - January 21

How long after the waters have broke should you insist on a cesarian if the baby is still not born? I heard it can be dangerous and there is a risk of stillborn if you dont get the baby out in time.

 

Been There - January 22

It's not that bad, until the placenta is out, it's still replenishing. I had my water broken around 11 am and didn't have a the c-section until 9:30 pm. They break the water to help speed contractions. The water is not what's giving oxygen to the baby, the umbilical cord is.

 

Jenn - January 22

I think that if the baby hasn't been delievered within 24 hours of the water breaking-then they may do a xection. But docs give stages of progression during your labor and if they see that your not progressing, the may start you on piticin to get the contractions going better, or other things. Doctors are usually real good about that-and if your at the pushing stage, they may let you go a little longer if the baby is ok. You wouldn't have to say "I think I need a section"-unless you really don't think that you'llbe able to finish-the docs make that decision.

 

Tye - January 22

My situation was a little different. My water broke at 28 wks with triplets and I was hospitalized and monitered and gave birth five days later. With that situation they want to keep the babies in as long as possible so they can receive steriods to grow their lungs and to mature as much as they can. However with a mature baby I am not sure how long they would let you hang on. I do know with your waters broken and not in labor the biggest risk is infection. which is monitered and if developed they baby must be delivered imediately. But if you are not actively in labor your baby can hang on up to 3 wks or more. But I a__sume you are talking about being in labor with a full grown baby.

 

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