Look. Most moms have opinions on inductions. Before I had an induction with Violet I didn’t even know what one was. But after having two I can tell you that both birth experiences were AWESOME.
I wanted to follow up on the induction talk because I received such a huge response after writing To Induce Or Not To Induce. I suggest reading the comments as many women share their personal experiences.
Some women think inductions are the devil’s creation. Perhaps that’s because they had a bad experience after having one or maybe it’s because of what I perceive to be all the fear mongering surrounding the induction debate.
I’m not writing this to defend my decision to have an induction although I’m sure that plays a part in it. In the same way that women whose inductions ended in an unwanted c-sections probably inject a little fear into the induction conversation. But that’s my point about the whole induction debate. Every pregnancy, labor and delivery is so unique there is really no qualifying the experience.
So you can turn to statistics. Or can you?
I’ve worked in television news for more than a decade and have seen every stat skewing statistic to come along. Now, I’m not saying the stats are wrong, although tweaking to make the numbers “right” is not uncommon, I’m just saying that you shouldn’t let folks give you The Business about inductions (DON’T DO IT, you’ll end up having a c-section!) if you’ve talked to your doc and think it’s the right choice for your situation. Unless you’re inducing, because, like, OH MY GOD, wouldn’t it be the coolest if baby’s birthday was on this day!
To illustrate my point about statistics, take a look at this study: Women experiencing spontaneous labor had a 7.8% cesarean delivery rate, whereas women undergoing elective labor induction had a 17.5% cesarean delivery rate.
Then there’s this quote: “…studies of first-time moms show that 44 percent of those who are induced end up with a C-section but that only 8 percent of those who go into labor spontaneously end up with a C-section.
And how about this study “in a 1992 study, researchers randomly assigned 3,400 women—two thirds of them first-time mothers—to planned induction at 41 weeks gestation or to await labor. The women assigned to induction at 41 weeks were, in effect, elective inductions since at the time, women were not considered postdates until 42 weeks. Twenty-one percent of the planned induction population had cesareans versus 25% of the expectant management group, leading the authors to conclude that planned induction was the better policy. The study has been cited since as an argument for elective induction. But these were all healthy women with full-term, singleton, head-down babies. In other words, this was a population that should have been at minimal risk for cesarean section.”
Unless there is a medical reason to induce, I’m of the opinion that a woman with an unfavorable cervix shouldn’t opt for an induction. Even though I really wanted to go into labor naturally, I subscribe to the theory that if you’re dilating and your cervix is effacing… do what you wanna do if that’s what you gotta do. But that’s just my opinion… And you know what they say about opinions. But again, I ain’t judging nor am I going to throw out c-section stats.
Don’t get me wrong, the risks of inducing labor are real, especially if you’re inducing for work or lifestyle reasons, but sometimes the benefits outweigh the risks. Work with your health care provider to make the best decision for you and your baby.
It’s about choice. If a woman can choose an elective c-section for no medical reason so should the next woman be able to choose an induction or to give birth in the comfort of their own home. Each comes with risk that is the woman’s responsibility to consider.
More on the actual induction and birth story of Henry coming up!