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is the artificial starting of labor with the use of pitocin, castor oil, or herbal preparations such as blue or
black cohash. Other methods used to start labor include breaking the amniotic sack (an amniotomy), stripping of the
membranes (separating the membranes of the amniotic sack from the uterine wall), and inserting prostaglandin gel,
or pieces of Misoprostol tablets into the vagina to soften the cervix. The idea is to get labor going artificially, by
starting contractions of the uterus. The most commonly used agent is pitocin, an imitation of the natural hormone,
Cytotec - Also called Misoprostol tablets is very dangerous. Cytotec is NOT FDA approved for the use of induction in pregnant women. It's actually an ulcer medication contraindicated in pregnancy. If you're going to get a prostaglandin of some sort, I would recommend cervadil because it can be removed. Cytotec can cause uterine hyperstimulation, which automatically results in an Emergency C-section because it cannot be removed. If you start to show signs of uterine hyperstimulation and it's not fixed, you can suffer a uterine rupture.
AROM is also a little dangerous, because if the baby isn't in a good position you can have a cord prolapse. it also increases the risk of infection (especially with vaginal exams) and in most hospitals in the US it puts you on a 24 hour time clock. If at 24 hours you're still pregnant, it usually results in a c-section.
Pitocin is only FDA approved in medically necessary inductions and we all know doctors use it more frequently than that.
Other methods you didn't mention to induce/augment labor are the foley bulb (increases the risk of preterm labor in subsequent pregnnacies, but IMO is a good alternative to pitocin, etc because its non chemical form of induction)
a breastpump/nipple stimulation
sex (same prostaglandins that you would receive from cervadil/cytotec)
December 9, 2013
5:20PM 8lb3oz 20.5"
Hospital water birth