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May 20th, 2009, 11:03 AM
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Yet another story that makes me think "What the heck?"

It all started on Friday afternoon. I went to my normal weekly doctors appointment. During my appointments I have a CTG, which monitors the baby’s heart rate and any contraction. I had been having some random mild contractions for a few days so when the CTG picked up a contraction it was no suprise but the baby’s heart rate fell to 85. The doctor was concerned by this and wanted to be cautious and decided to go ahead an send me in to the hospital for some monitoring. As I mentioned in an earlier post we were planning on a VBAC and he wanted to make sure that the baby would be able to handle the stress of labor. So I came home, packed my bags (for a few days to be prepared) and off to the hospital we went. The did a second CTG which was fine and then a third later on in the evening which was also fine. They both picked up consistent contractions but no drops in the baby’s heart rate. I stayed over night and the next morning we began a stress test. They started with a normal CTG which still showed regular contractions with the baby’s heart rate dropping on occasion to below 100. For the stress test they administer Oxytocin to induce contractions for an hour to observe how the baby handles the stress. They inserted the IV and took some blood and immediately my blood pressure bottomed out. This can be a normal reaction to having blood taken and I recovered in just a few minutes. They waited an hour to make sure that both the baby and I were okay before beginning the test. After completing the test they continued to observe both of us for an additional hour. The outcome was that on average the baby’s heart rate was falling below 100 about once an hour with contractions. At this point I was having consistent contractions, I was 2 cm dialated, 100% effaced and baby was in position so I was already in the beginning stages of labor, just not having an real productive contractions yet. After discussing all of this with my doctor he felt more comfortable just going ahead with a c-section. So as soon as there was an operating room available off we went.


Since when do they induce labor for a stress test?? Is this normal or is this new to you to? Were they suprised she was in early labor after giving her oxytocin, really? I can understand if they baby's heartrate was falling, but from that it sounds like her doctor was just c-section happy in the first place.
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May 20th, 2009, 11:19 AM
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ummm. I've never heard of that type of stress test! They're typically NONstress tests, with monitoring while the mom is at rest. It sounds like she was induced without even knowing!
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May 20th, 2009, 11:27 AM
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That sounds weird to me too, my stress test with DD was nothing like that. It sounds to me they just went ahead and put her into labor, very unusual.
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May 20th, 2009, 12:27 PM
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May 20th, 2009, 01:05 PM
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WOW.... and I can't believe they gave her pit when she was wanting a VBAC!!!
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May 20th, 2009, 01:12 PM
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Yeah, that sounds really off. Why in the world would they give someone who is trying for a VBAC pitocin?
And not only that, but monitoring baby's heartbeat can be really inconsistant. That's why it's better not to have continual monitoring because it can scare people when there is no need to be scared.
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May 20th, 2009, 01:18 PM
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WTH!? That makes no sense at all, why would they do that?! To me is sounds like they put her into labor and then c-sec'd her... that's crazy!
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May 20th, 2009, 06:05 PM
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wow - I'm blown away! Why in the world would they give her pitocin for a stess test?!?!?! Seriously - ***!!! That's the most ridiculous thing I have EVER heard of! I feel really bad for that woman - she was totally robbed of her chance to have a VBAC. Sad.
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May 20th, 2009, 06:15 PM
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When you thought you had seen it all, huh? At least I'm not the only one who thought that was strange!

I don't think the doctor ever intended to let her have a VBAC, he made no efforts to help her do that. I just checked the post again and realized she was only 36 weeks!
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May 20th, 2009, 06:32 PM
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wow that is um... different.
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May 20th, 2009, 07:40 PM
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WTH!? That makes no sense at all, why would they do that?! To me is sounds like they put her into labor and then c-sec'd her... that's crazy!
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May 21st, 2009, 04:15 AM
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36 weeks? sigh.
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May 21st, 2009, 04:37 AM
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May 21st, 2009, 10:23 AM
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***?!?!? 36 weeks and you induce a vbac patient with pitocin for a stress test because one test out of 3 showed a lowered heart rate? Then to say that 2 cm dilated, 100% effaced, baby locked and loaded and consistent contractions is NOT productive labor?? Is that doctor smoking crack?!

Ohhhh this makes me angry...
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May 21st, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Wow. That's crazy.
#1 she was only 36 weeks.
#2 You don't give Pitocin to someone who has been sectioned before (unless your goal is to cause a uterine rupture!).

Just wow.
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May 21st, 2009, 06:27 PM
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holy cow, that is disgraceful!
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May 21st, 2009, 07:16 PM
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Sounds like that poor momma needs a new OB.
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Sounds like that poor momma needs a new OB.
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May 21st, 2009, 07:20 PM
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This literally disgusts me. That doctor is an ***!!
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May 22nd, 2009, 08:15 AM
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Wow. I agree that it sounds like that doctor didn't even want to help this person with her goal of her VBAC.
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