Induced Why Does This Happen So Much

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angelbebe - May 15

I am writing this based on my observation of many birth stories, forum topics here on this site, and birth stories on Discovery Health Channel...it seems like every second pregnancy involves pitocin or some other synthetic drug to induce labor. Why is this? I mean, I know there are legitimate reasons why this drug should be used. Your water breaks and your not progressing, excessively long labors, a situation where a baby has to be born...but I'm talking about uncomplicated, normal births. Pitocin causes much more severe contractions and often stress to the baby. Pitocin increases your need for pain medications and sometimes a c-section. This is not my OPINION. This is what I have been reading in my research. This comment is in no way to make any of you defensive who had no problems using pitocin in your births or to offend anyone. I'm just merely making a comment to get your feedback. Why do you think doctors are so quick to use it? Are they on such a time schedule to get you in and out of the hospital? Has birthing babies in hospitals become so scheduled and mechanical instead of trusting that woman's body will give birth and progress when she is ready? Is it just that they are erring on the side of caution? Or is it all about money? : ) Again, I'm really not trying to express an opinion here...just making an observation. What are your feelings?

 

Tillie - May 15

I''ve been wondering this too!! I have zero insight, but am very curious.

 

HannahBaby - May 15

I think that doctors are quick to use it for their own benefit, they can use pitocin on a woman in labor to speed up the process, so they can go home sooner. I had a very complicated last few days of pregnancy and had to be induced with pitocin 3 weeks early. I worked with my doctors on the maternity floor and they have never given pitocin to someone who didnt really need it, because their are some major things that can go wrong. Some doctors are just quicker to say, well lets speed things up and have some PIT. Personally i already told my doctor No pit this time around. I would rather have a c section, pitocin is torture

 

Mellissa - May 15

I personally do think it has a lot to do with money, and freeing up space in the L&D ward. I was lucky enough to be one of the women who didn't have any complications from the Pitocin when I was induced due to being 2 weeks over my due date. I do wonder why the dr chose pitocin as a first resort rather than using the gel (cervidil, i think?) or a pill (they inserted a pill into a friend of mine to soften her cervix). I didn't know about any of these other options, as it was my first child, and induction hadn't crossed my mind till I went over my due date. My water wasn't broken or anything..so i know that's not why they used it. They actually wouldn't even break my water for me. it broke on it's own at 7 1/2 cm. (not that i'm complaining..looking back, if it had broken sooner i know i would have needed the epidural). but anyhow, I think they like to get women in an out of the hospital so they use pitocin because they know it's USUALLY quick (at least it was in my case). Sad, but in my opinion, true.

 

HannahBaby - May 15

THE GEL (CERVADIL) is a HUGE waste of time!!!! I had 3 before they decided to give me pit. Thats 3 days i was in the hospital that i didnt have to be. Thought women do sometimes go into labor with the gel, i would not recommend it (or pitocin for that matter) to anyone

 

livdea - May 15

From what I've heard its all about liability. Doctors are covering their b___ts so they don't get sued because something happened while laboring or something happening while waiting to labor. I asked this same question to a dr friend of mine and that's what his explination was. I personally wont get induced. As far as I'm concerned baby will come when she's ready. Unless something is REALLY threatening. I think it's done way too often.

 

Been There - May 15

I don't think the Cervadil is a waste for everyone. It brought on contractions for me and sometimes the medicine in it is too strong for people. I think it really depends on how your body reacts. I was 9 days late and welcomed being induced. Prior to that, I hadn't effaced nor had I dilated. However, I must say, to your point, I ended up having a c-section anyway and it was my second child. Let's face it, Birth Story on the Discovery Channel, would have nothing interesting to show if they didn't catch those stories that require time and different things happening. It makes it more interesting than just showing a labor that goes smoothly. They look for the more difficult stories rather than things that go smoothly.

 

angelbebe - May 15

Thank you for all your feedback! It's an interesting topic to think about. I agree with Been There about the birth stories...got to keep them interesting for television. Isn't it a shame though? You would think by watching those birth stories that most pregnancies have complications. So much fear spread around. And how sad is that doctors are under so much pressure these days because of malpractice suits and what not. You can hardly blame them sometimes, but it really irks me how medicalized childbirth has become. I'd also like to know how many of these doctors encourage all the natural ways to induce...black cohosh, rasb. leaf tea, s_x, nipple stimulation, walking...(obviously again excluding those labors who are challenged and things just need to get going now). And, another question, does anyone know off the top of their head how long after your water breaks will they induce you (a__suming you haven't really gone into labor yet?). I mean how long really can the baby stay in there safely without chances of infection, or here again, are doctors inducing earlier than they need to out of fear of the possibility or what ifs??

 

miraclebaby - May 15

angelbebe, I am not really sure myself, when I had my son 14 yrs ago, as soon as I was in labor they hooked me up to a drip right away and nothing was wrong, they said it was to speed up the process of labor. At that time, I did not know about the sharper labor pains involved. So I always thought everyone just got it.

 

krista-lee - May 15

sometimes babies weigh a lot (7lbs being average) and its harder to have a v____al birth, so inducing early makes less of a chance for a c-section. also, my friends sister was due February 23rd and there was no sign on labor at all for her, she was finally induced and had her baby March 8th, so i think its just as unsafe to have the baby very late just as it is to have it very early?

 

moucheka - May 16

Two things that I have observed - convenience for the medical staff and ignorance on the part of the mother. A lot of people just a__sume when you are pregnant you go to hospital and the insurance companies promote hospitals as well. What a lot of mothers and doctors prefer is what is thought of in the mainstream as a "safe" birth - but why go to a hospital if you are not sick? I chose a birth center - no pain meds, all women midwives and a doula. My insurance company encourages hospitals by only covering the birth center at out of network (costs 4500) whereas they will fully cover a hospital (10K) even though it will end up costing them more. The birth center was surprised I chose them as at 31, they said I was young and most of their clients were second time or more who had had bad experiences with hospitals and wanted an approach with less intervention. I haven't had any contact with a doctor at all. I have had an ultrasound and triple screen along with the usual blood/sugar etc tests but these have been through the birth center. After extensive reading I have found only a very small percentage of births actually need intervention and the bulk of those that had intervention were due to doctor convenience, mother ignorance/fear and insurance company pressure.

 

Jenn2 - May 16

My SIL had pitocin when at 37 weeks her water broke naturally, but contractions did not start. She went to the hospital, and talked to the doc about administering the smallest amount possible, and then once contractions started on their own.....he would take her off. Well, in the midst of this there was a nurse shift change, and the new nurse was not told the plans, so she cranked it up. My SIL said it did make the contractions allot more strong, but her labor progressed really fast, and she never even got an epidural. I am going to try for a natural childbirth, but if for some reason I have to be given pitocin.....I will not hesitate to get the epidural.

 

ash2 - May 17

well i personally had to get it after my water broke because i wasnt progressing rapidly enough. this time my bp is way up just doing simple house work as well as swelling and i feel i need to be induced because of this at around 39 weeks. pitocin is an awful drug ! it made my contractions go from irritating to plain out painful ! i think i would have done just fine without it.

 

Mommy - May 17

I was induced with my second son because in my town, there are only 2 OB/GYN's. Around the time I was due, one was already on vacation and my primary doctor had a funeral to go to out of state that week. I was induced a week early, but I was conracting a tiny bit on my own regulary about 3 hours before they started it to speed up my labor. The contractions did suck majorly compared to my first without it. I can't complain very much though, because in my case nothing bad happened and I was only in hard labor for about an hour.

 

angelbebe - May 17

What determines not progressing fast enough? As if any doctor can really decide that time frame. I mean, obviously, there are no brainer time frames (all the obvious complications) and if the baby is under stress and what not. But, I was told you can safely go even 2 days after your water breaks (for example) before having to induce and that is after trying all natural induction methods. You must stay really hydrated as your body keeps producing the amniotic fluid...just doesn't stay in there long. Obviously in all this talk the main goal is the safety of the mother and baby, so why take unnecessary risks? BUT, how many of these interventions are really avoiding risk, but more creating risks? HMMMM.

 

Jenn2 - May 17

angelbebe- I have done some research on induction and the use of pitocin, and unless there are complications, or the baby is in stress....there is no real need for it. Some doctors overuse it b/c it speeds up labor, and it gives them (the docs) and sense of control over when the baby will come. If you do not feel comforitable with the use of it........tell your doc, and dont use it (unless there is medical urgency). Or, if you must use it.....read my thread above on what my SIL did (just watch for nurses shift change..haha). In my personal opinion.....it is overused, and some women dont mind it if they are planning on getting the epi, and wont feel the contractions anyway.......and thats totally fine. If you are trying for natural childbirth.....I would probably try and aviod it if possible.

 

angelbebe - May 18

Oh, I will be avoiding it like the plague if I can. I have a lot of faith in my midwife and doctor that i have been using. So much so that I firmly believe whatever they tell me I need to do is absolutely necessary. I know that trust is hard to find when you can hardly have relationships with your docs and nurses at hospitals. That's partly why I have chosen a midwife and a homebirth. So much one on one attention. It's very personal. Of course, I can't wait to comment on all of this once I have actually been through labor and delivery. I have no experience personally to draw from as of yet. I appreciate all your feedback!! This discussion is so interesting to me.

 

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