Why You Need to Know Induction Isn’t Right for Every Overdue Pregnancy

by Ivy B
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5% of babies that arrived when she was due13 days past baby’s due date and induction wasn’t the answer.  Why?  Read on to find out why inducing could have been a real issue.

In a few short months, my son turns 2.  It’s a huge milestone, and I’m reminded of the story of his entry into this world.  And, I want to share it with you.  We hadn’t simply gone past baby’s due date … we had been facing a potential slew of interventions, including induction.

I was in complete awe that my first born baby had arrived on her due date.  She was one of the roughly 5% of babies that arrived when she was due.  You can’t even imagine my relief because I’d been trying for about 2 weeks to naturally induce labor.  I was done!  But, she waited until it was her time.  I labored for 26 hours (that we counted) before she arrived, but her timeliness was amazing.

After my daughter’s promptness, I was certain that my second was going to be 1 day early.  Well, I had an attachment to a date that I wanted him to fulfill.  You see, my husband’s birthday is October 26th.  My daughter was born August 26th.  Because of those two dates, I picked the number 26 for my Autocross racing.  My son was due November 27th and it only made sense that he be born on the 26th to make my race car number special for all 3 of my loves.  Silly, I know.  But I figured the chances were pretty good that he be early since big sis was on time.  Wasn’t it?

That’s how second babies work, right?

This story is about more than going past baby’s due date.  It’s about escaping the cascade of interventions.  And, knowing when something isn’t right, but believing you have control even when no one else believes with you.  In my case, figuring out my son was stuck on a bone, preventing him from engaging and starting labor.  This story is to give mothers hope, that even when the odds seem stacked against her, there’s still a chance.

how I escaped labor induction past baby's due date

My Baby’s Due Date had Passed Us By

My baby’s due date had arrived.  I was miserable.  It was a terrible pregnancy and I had wanted it to be over long before his due date.

Then, the worst thing happened.  He was late.

We missed baby’s due date.  My misery was extended.

I was experiencing terrible pains.  My doctor dismissed them saying “most second-time mothers feel more pressure.”  I had a lot of follow up visits to check on the little guy.  We were all surprised that days kept passing without his arrival.  And, I continually had to decline scheduling medical induction.

Here, I was 5 days past baby's due date

Here, I was 5 days past baby’s due date

Let me tell you this.  I also began to ignore phone calls and texts that were checking on annoying me about when they would get to meet the new baby.

Something wasn’t right.  Still, I had to fight my doctor on inducing me.  At the time, I knew ACOG‘s guidelines allowed me to wait for induction until the 42nd week and I made sure my doctor understood that, so long as baby and I were healthy, I wouldn’t be persuaded to concede any sooner.  But, I had to finally schedule an induction for my 42nd week.  Not one day before that would I even entertain the idea.

The days leading up to my induction, I was scared, confused and desperately seeking ways to cope with the disappointment of a late baby.  If I had gone into labor on my own with my first, and she arrived on time, why in the world did I go past baby’s due date?  Why was I facing induction with my second?  It just didn’t make sense.

On occasion, I was having contractions.  There were pains like I’d never felt before.  But, nothing had ever come from them.

I was making batches of freezer meals one night when I had a sudden sharp pain that had me hunched over the counter as I finished my work.  When I finished, I hobbled up the stairs, unable to stand straight, showered, and went to bed in tears.  I nearly had a panic attack thinking I was going to end up in the emergency room.  The pain wasn’t like labor pain that I remembered.  And I felt similar pains like that sporadically through the following days.

During contractions, it felt as though my right pubic bone was going to snap.  As I recall these memories, I can’t believe I didn’t realize what was happening.

The Call that Saved My Birth Story

2 days before my scheduled induction, I was in a panic.  I called the instructor from our natural birth class we’d taken 5 years ago.  Desperate for answers, I told her everything I was experiencing.  I begged her for advice.  What was the best method of induction to keep me from spiraling down the cascade of interventions?  How could I keep from having a C-section?  This, my friends, was the thing I feared most.  I knew that delivering naturally with induction was going to be more difficult.  And, I knew that the more interventions I elected for, the stronger my chances of having a C-section were.

What happened next was a revelation.  She asked me what it was I was feeling when I had contractions.  I explained they were strong contractions.  Each of them, especially if I was upright, felt as though my bones were going to break.  But, none of my contractions, no matter how strong, ever led to full blown labor.  Labor stalled every night when I went to bed.

She told me it sounded as though my son had lodged his head on a bone in my pelvis.  No form of induction was going to work.  If I didn’t get him moved, I was at risk of ending up with the exact thing I feared the most.  And she urged me to work as much as possible to get him moved off that bone.

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Getting baby into position for labor

2 days before induction date, I spent the entire day researching positions and movements (spinningbabies.com) to get my baby’s head dislodged and then tried them.  A LOT of them!  That evening, exhausted as I was, I told my husband I was taking a very brisk walk … “I’m going to run if I have to.”  I was taking daily walks anyway, so this one would be my last ditch effort to get my son to move.  Then, I would come home, have dinner, and be done for the day.

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Little did I know, I would actually have to run.  The traffic was terrible at the time I decided to take my very brisk walk.  I, no kidding, had to run across one of the intersections because I had very little time to pass before the next long wave of traffic.  There were so many cars, I had to take whatever small opportunity I could find.  So, I ran.  Then, I felt something.  I wasn’t sure what I felt, but I was pretty sure the baby finally moved.  Not only could I not run, but I couldn’t even walk at half the pace I started.  I waddled, slowly, the rest of the way home anxious, but not allowing myself to get excited.  Labor didn’t start right away and I slept wonderfully.

The very next morning, as I was heading down the stairs to prepare my daughter for a doctor’s appointment, I had the strongest contraction I’d ever felt.  My husband sensed I was in labor.  Forgive me, but being 13 days overdue, I wasn’t confident it was possible.  So, I labored to, during, and from my daughter’s appointment.  And, turns out, I was glad my husband went with me because the drive home was excruciating.  We ate lunch at home and my husband packed all of our things for the long overdue trip to the hospital.  A few hours labor, my son was born.

I narrowly escaped labor induction 13 days past baby’s due date

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I had narrowly escaped a medical induction and the cascade of interventions by less than 24 hours.  All of my worries about why had been eliminated.   Had I not sought assistance, I might not have known my son had lodged his head on that bone.  If I didn’t try, I could have been induced, but my body wasn’t going into labor because my son’s head wasn’t positioned correctly to place pressure on my cervix.  That’s really important in this process.

Things could have been worse

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Had I been induced with my son improperly positioned, two things could have happened.

  1. If they broke my water to induce, there was a chance for umbilical cord prolapse (when the umbilical cord drops ahead of the baby).
  2. If they gave me Pitocin to induce labor, my body likely wouldn’t have responded because my son wasn’t in position.

Either way, my story would have probably ended differently.  And, not different in a way that I was comfortable with.

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I can share my story in hopes that other moms believe in themselves.  When something doesn’t seem right, seek answers!  I truly believe our bodies know what to do, but sometimes, like in my case, we need to give it some help.  Give yourself time.  Educate yourself.  If baby isn’t in position, get him moved.  Don’t put all your faith in your doctors.  Why?  Because, for the life of me, I can’t figure out why, with all their fancy technology, THEY couldn’t tell me my son’s head was lodged on a bone.  Not once did the doctor even suggest the possibility.  But a phone call to a birth instructor, a woman who really listened, helped me figure out my problem.

Regardless of what my doctor wanted me to believe, there wasn’t something wrong with me or my son.  Something had gone awry and was (not so) easily managed with a bit of work on my part.  I saved myself and my son from a more intense and possibly disturbing story.  This mama refused to be another victim of unnecessary medical interventions.

I believed in myself and stopped listening to everyone else.  Lord knows I heard plenty of useless statements like “induction isn’t so bad” and “there’s always C-Section.”  What I knew in my heart was that my body knew how to go into labor and to deliver this baby without medical interventions… I just had to find a way to get that boy to move!  And I did it!

Have you ever gone past your baby’s due date?

baby b 13 days late

Baby B born 13 days late, just one day before scheduled induction

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23 comments

Debby December 12, 2016 - 2:11 pm

Wow! This is a very complicated story and you were very determined to find the answer. Good for you. Most of us would have stopped way before you. Such a great story about perseverance and getting advice on what other options you have. Congratulations

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Ivy B December 12, 2016 - 3:29 pm

Thank you for stopping by Debby! I hope this story can help at least one other woman to reclaim her power over her birth.

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Nic December 13, 2016 - 10:31 am

I love this story ! I too went past due dates with two of my babies (both of my vbacs) and I know without a doubt having a supportive provider prevented me from needing another c-section. I’ve done induction and 100% natural births and waiting for the baby to be ready on its own time is by far the easiest way. I wish more moms/docs realized due dates isn’t “due by date”- your baby will not expire and most of the time your body and baby know when they are ready to be born.

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Ivy B December 13, 2016 - 10:45 am

Hi Nic,
Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story! I’m so glad you were able to have a successful VBAC!
I’m pretty sure doctors know it, but it’s not as profitable (or as exciting) if they can’t manage your labor and delivery. And you’re right, your body will eventually let that baby go. That’s not to say every situation is perfect … in my case, my son being stuck on that bone would have very likely prevented him from engaging. But, I’m so glad I can share my story to let other women know that they still have control of their birth, it may just take more questions, determination, and work.

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Bethany December 15, 2016 - 10:07 am

Good job, mama! It’s so refreshing to hear a mom actually trusting her body and not just blindly doing whatever the doctor orders. Your story is so inspiring! The position of the baby is so important, but many people don’t realize it. They just assume there’s something wrong with them or their baby.

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Ivy B December 15, 2016 - 10:30 am

Hi Bethany,
Thank you for stopping by! It’s sad to me that doctors make women feel like they aren’t capable of carrying out a pregnancy and birth without assistance. That’s why I felt the need to share my story. Women were made to birth babies and I hope to inspire more expectant moms to reclaim their abilities to do so.
Thank you for the kind words 🙂

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Tiffany | shortsweetmom December 17, 2016 - 12:25 am

Such a great story! I have heard of this happening to other moms yet it is a subject rarely talked about. Having everything in alignment is so important for birth. That is why I am a huge believer in quality pre-natal chiropractic care when possible. Thank you for sharing your story!

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Ivy B December 17, 2016 - 10:43 am

Hi Tiffany,
Thank you for stopping by. Quality care in general is so important. I don’t understand why our OB couldn’t tell me my son’s head was stuck on a bone. It makes me question how much of our health care information is being withheld or just not being looked at deeply enough to help us make appropriate choices. If my doctor had his way, I would have been induced sooner without the information that I had to seek out and then work hard to fix. That makes me sad for the many women who make decisions on their births, possibly without all the facts.

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Lucy May 28, 2017 - 3:25 pm

Thank you for sharing your story!
I’m only a couple of days overdue, but I have a fear that I’m going to be bullied by doctors into an induction I do NOT want. It’s always reassuring to hear of healthy births that are close to 42 weeks. I also now know to seek support if I have any usual pains like you describe.

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Shaffi August 28, 2017 - 12:12 pm

Your story is so inspiring. Thank you for it with us and you are right we all should have power in how are body is

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Anselam Chigozie September 25, 2017 - 7:14 am

wow, very informative

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Catherine October 11, 2017 - 11:24 pm

Glad you made it out. The story is really inspiring to all new-mama.

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Ashley Cabrera July 22, 2019 - 6:39 pm

I’m currently 40 weeks and looks like nothing is happening today. With my first I mentally prepared myself to go past my due date, knowing a lot of first time mamas do. He surprised us by arriving naturally at 37 weeks. This second time I tried to keep the same mentality, due dates are an estimation and baby comes when she’s ready, but as my due date grew closer and arrived I realize I have let myself believe what everyone including my OB told me, this one will come sooner and faster. Just like yours, this pregnancy has been a lot harder and I’ve been done since about 30 weeks. I’m trying hard to enjoy these last few days but I’m starting to feel very defeated, and that’s not the attitude I want to approach labor with. Thank you for your story. I’m not experiencing the same pains you did, but my baby was breech until very recently and I feel that was a major factor in slowing things down. Now that she’s in a better position I’m walking and readjusting my expectations. The induction conversation with my provider has just begun but after reading your story I feel that as long as baby continues to do well, we will wait for her time.

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Ivy B July 22, 2019 - 7:10 pm

Ashley, thanks so much for visiting and sharing your story. I hope things go well for you, your baby, and your labor. If I were you, I’d go ahead and look into spinningbabies.com to see if there are ways you can help position your baby for birth. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you … if you remember, will you come back and tell me how everything went?
Ivy

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Tomm April 24, 2020 - 10:23 am

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