Why I have chosen NOT to be induced

Last week, we had a further growth scan at 36weeks and met shortly after with our Consultant Midwife to decide whether I would be induced early.

The growth scan indicated that the baby is still measuring large for its gestational age at approx 7lb12oz, which is above the 97th centile.

This didn’t come as a surprise to us as Jack was a large baby and also, our growth scan at 33weeks suggested the same trend.

During the meeting with our consultant, we discussed the advantages and disadvantages of being induced early and decided between us that I should wait for my labour to begin naturally, no matter how large baby is ‘presumed’.

Unless there was a medical reason or the baby was to be overdue, then the disadvantages strongly outweighed the one advantage that I could come up with at the time; arranging a babysitter for Jack!

Disadvantages of being induced:

  • Ultrasounds are not 100% accurate – baby may be presumed larger than it is.
  • Baby has not given the ‘ready to be born’ signals and so body cannot respond naturally with its hormones of Oxytocin and Endorphins.
  • Baby may miss out on it’s last few weeks’ of important antibodies and brain/respiratory development.
  • Pain is more intense and harder to manage during an induced labour.
  • Constant monitoring throughout labour – baby’s heart tends to dip during stronger contractions.
  • Restricted movement during labour due to IV drip being in place.
  • Induction increases the risk of an assisted birth by means of c-section.
  • Being away from Jack for anything up to 5 days – time it takes for induction, birth and recovery all to take place.

We also discussed my first labour in-depth (vaginal birth assisted by forceps) and the likely labour scenario for baby no.2.  Quite rightly, the consultant reminded us that previously, my body went into labour naturally and that second time labours are often quicker and easier.

He armed me with loads of pain relief facts too which put my mind at ease all the more.

Early pregnancy, I was feeling really anxious about labour following my first experience, but having met with the consultant, he has really put my mind at ease and finally, I feel confident that this time, all will go well.  I’m actually really excited now and can’t wait to meet our new addition.

19 days and counting…

Lisa x


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    June 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Lisa, great post outlining the risks of IOL. I also refused IOL and that was at 10 days over but went into labour myself then and had a lovely normal labour and delivery and a 10lb 3oz baby. I’m a midwife myself and I get so frustrated over growth scans showing ‘big’ babies and all the intervention and then baby comes out 7 or 8lbs. Best of luck with your delivery, I hope it’s a better experience than the first. Lisa x

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    May 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    My first child was 9lb13 at birth (98th centile) and was born by forceps after 70 hours of labour. My second was born at home in just over 6 hours with just a few puffs of gas and air and weighed 10lb12 (99.6th centile)! Second labours are often easier. Sounds like you’ve made a well considered choice, good luck!

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    May 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Both of my last 2 (so birth 2&3) have litteraly been an hour from “ouch I think this really is labour” to being born. 2nd birth I was 9cm dilated when I got to hospital and 3rd birth I didn’t even make it to hospital, he was born on the bathroom floor whilst OH was outside waiting for the midwife as our house can be difficult to find.

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    Newcastle Family Life
    May 18, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I have been induced twice for medical reasons, high BP & overdue and High Bp on medication so I had baby early. I was told my baby was small on the scans, he was born weighing 8lb 7 and was my biggest baby! I was lucky my inductions were nice experiences and really quick so I liked them better then my normal birth. However if I didn’t medically need an induction I would have chosen not to be induced xx

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    May 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    As someone who was victim (?!?) of a failed induction I have to say that while it works for some, it really doesn’t for others. Therefore I am now the strongest advocate of letting your body tell you when it’s ready. Good luck!

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      The Love of a Captain
      May 18, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks very much for your comment. I’m all for natural too unless of course there is a medical reason. Loads of benefits in not being induced early, esp for baby. Xx

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    May 18, 2016 at 9:37 am

    It sound like you’re making the right choice for you lovely. Fin took 18 and a half hours from the full on pain stage and Harley took about 3 and a half hours in total to arrive, completely different labours. Crossing my fingers you have an easier time of it this time!

    Stevie xx

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      The Love of a Captain
      May 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Cheers Stevie! 3.5hrs! I’ll have to keep my legs crossed. Jacks babysitter is coming from London ???? xx

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