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How to handle induction pressure

I am just a few days past my guess date and already experiencing pressure from the hospital to schedule an induction even though there is no medical reason for induction (all tests have come back great). They just said they recommend it at 41 weeks and asked again and again why I want to wait until 42. Any tips/suggestions on how to stay in that place of trusting my baby to know when to come and my body to respond and not letting that negative energy in?
  • Replied by mona on Saturday, March 23 2013, 06:48 AM · Hide · #1
    Hello, I have no good reply, but was in the same situation, felt great and confident that the baby is well and just told them we have a family history of babies coming later than due date, agreed to be monitored 2x a week and actually didnt come to the last appointment where they were going to induce me. I started my labor naturally 2 days after that and my baby was born 42weeks and 4days. Now I am expecting my second and late as well :) better than be too early I think....
  • Replied by Jenn King Lasek on Sunday, March 24 2013, 02:57 PM · Hide · #2
    Hi Laura,
    Perhaps re-reading the information in your course workbook (in the live class, it's class 4) on understanding your guess date might boost your confidence. There is also an article in there on the fact that monitoring pregnancy while waiting for birthing to begin spontaneously actually results in better birth outcomes. Reviewing the information from class 3 on choices might be a good idea as well. Understanding the risks associated with inductions and using your BRAND questions to make an informed decision can only help as well. Also review the "Big Secrets" (also class 3) which might help you feel more confident since you have as much power as you want to exercise.

    Babies are born on their BIRTHdays! Only your baby knows when he/she is ready. ;)
  • Replied by Virginia Bennett on Monday, March 25 2013, 12:15 PM · Hide · #3
    Also, remember you can always use your Bubble of Peace any time you feel like you need an extra hedge of protection.
  • Replied by Maren Jensen on Friday, March 29 2013, 10:15 PM · Hide · #4
    Stick to your guns!!!!

    I let myself be talked into an induction at 41 +4 with my first baby and I totally regret it.

    I know the pressure is awful and it's hard to get them to understand and leave you alone. But just become a broken record. "If there's no medical indication requiring induction, I'd prefer to go into labor naturally."

    Good luck!
  • Replied by Karen Zamperini on Monday, April 01 2013, 12:06 PM · Hide · #5
    A lot of women are still pregnant at 41 weeks, but most are not by 42. 24 hours can make a big difference. This is just anecdotal, but as a doula, I have had clients that had no cervical changes at 41 weeks and had their babies before 42 weeks without induction and even one who had her baby the very same day as the 41 week appointment when she had no cervical changes AT the appointment. She went into her birthing time later that day and had her 9 lbs baby 5 hours after the first pressure wave.

    I agree with what everyone has said, use your Bubble of Peace, review the BRAND and the information on Guess Dates and Induction. I like Maren's "broken record" response as well. It is short and sweet and avoids a big debate.

    Also, providers sometimes talk in descriptives rather than statistics when trying to persuade. So if they say, "really, really dangerous" or "much higher chance of success" ask to see the studies they are referencing and ask for actual statistics. Reading about induction in The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth or Optimal Care in Childbirth can give you access to studies that support waiting that may help you feel more confident and then give you something to share with your provider.
  • Replied by Kimberly McQueen on Monday, April 01 2013, 07:10 PM · Hide · #6
    I agree with all previous responses. I would also say that you are probably "marching to the beat of a different drummer" in the hospital's eyes. They are use to moms wanting their baby to come so badly they ask (sometimes beg) for an induction.
    Replied by Anne Ferguson on Thursday, April 11 2013, 08:23 AM · Hide · #7
    You could show this article from the President of ACOG to your provider.

    I hope the link works for you guys because it's actually not coming up for me... but Hypnobabies (Official) posted this on their Facebook page on April 2.
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