INDUCTION: Reasons you won’t believe

These are reasons for inducing the birth process that have appeared in hospital documents:

From the physicians:

“Patient lives in Mexico”
“PTL” needing cervical ripening
“Physician Distress”
“Patient lives far away”
“Worrisome weather”
“She has a note from her husband” (he stated he understood all the risks and promised not to sue if there was a bad outcome)
The patient wants to fit in her prom dress
impending macrosomia
Approaching post dates
“Avoid unlucky birthday on the Chinese calendar”
“placental lakes”
Because the baby is sitting right there.
History of rapid labor ……. (this was for a first time mother)
Multip with history of rapid deliveries…for cytotec induction…
“her husband’s team is playing in town and he (professional athlete) wants to be at the delivery”.

Don't let them induce you

From the patients who want to
schedule their own inductions:
“My doctor scritched my membranes and told me to call you”
“Fireballs in my uterus” and “Fireballs in my Eucharist”
” I am here for “instruction” for labor”
“my doctor is going to indulge me next week”

About gloria

I live and work in Vancouver BC Canada. I've been in the childbirth business for 30 years. I teach midwifery and doula courses both online and in person.
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18 Responses to INDUCTION: Reasons you won’t believe

  1. Eugenie says:

    These reasons are insane. Period. Thanks for posting it, Gloria.

  2. Rachele says:

    The most outrageous reason for induction I’ve ever seen was “spotting in a previous pregnancy”.

  3. Sheila Stubbs says:

    What is “MOP”?
    Might Open Perineum? Method of Payment? Mother of Pearl?

  4. gloria says:

    or maybe something you clean the floor with? :)

  5. Sandy Riley says:

    Baby is too big, baby is too small, too much amniotic fluid, and not enough amniotic fluid. . .. . . . Any more reasons

  6. Roxi says:

    and we can’t forget: TOBP=tired of being pregnant (from the doctor!)
    and my discussion admitting a woman and her reason for induction…….. “The DOCTOR said!” Why did he recommend the induction? “HE said!” What did he say? “To have the baby induced today” What did he give you as the REASON to induce your labor at 37 weeks? “HE SAID TO DO IT!” Do you have any medical or pregnancy problems that doctor was concerned about? “I don’t think so” I need a reason that we are inducing your labor today….. “THE DOCTOR SAID!” {Banging head on desk, and yes she was sectioned for an unfavorable cervix with fetal distress}

  7. Jenee Clark says:

    We had a patient show up and say, “I’m here for my seduction.”

    • gloria says:

      All of the things that the women are communicating show a complete lack of understanding of what’s going to happen to them and their baby. Looks like “informed consent” or “informed refusal” is not happening at all in these cases. Women who don’t speak English as a first language seem to be especially vulnerable to assembly line treatment.

  8. I think my *favourite* is “History of rapid labor ……. (this was for a first time mother)”.

    The stupid, it hurts.

  9. To answer the question of “Why do so many women use it?”…..”it” being castor oil for induction…. (implying that if so many women use it, it must be ok)….. Many women do many things that are not the best idea during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. In fact, most likely MOST of the women in the US do many things that are unhealthy during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum–the routine use of u/s scans, and weight control during pregnancy, and the high rate of inductions would be just 3 of dozens of possible examples. Just because a practice or intervention is frequently used does not mean that there is any good reason, or scientific basis, for using it.

  10. Kym says:

    Oh my goodness!

  11. Joanne Bhaloo says:

    That is more scary than crazy. I think the one that truly raised my hair was the professional athlete reason. A woman’s confidence must be at all time low.

  12. Shayna says:

    Astonishing! It makes me think of your advice to read your medical records. Too many women are left thinking it was their fault! hate that! I always love your posts Gloria! I link to your blog from mine. I’d love for your to check it out.

  13. Debbie says:

    Gotta love “approaching post dates”. Sigh.

  14. Great blog Gloria! when you tell a woman that an induction has to be made, she will obviously think it’s her fault, something is going wrong and etc. Nobody would even think that they are doing it because “it just has to be done”. I swear they are playing GOD. I have read some of your previous posts and I can say you are very brave lady.

  15. DC says:

    I was induced naturally (simply by my midwfe inserrting her finger and dong a sweep) after I was 14 days “late” but this was because she did not want to go to the hospital and knew I wanted a homebirth. She wanted a homebirth too. Apparently there was a rule in which if you were after 14 days, you had to go to the hosptial . Ths was mid 90′s

  16. Annie Craven says:

    Simply, wow! The baby will come when they are good and ready. Great post and great reads. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Ashley says:

    What about low fluid? I didn’t get my water birth because I had low fluid in a biophysical profile and was induced. I managed to avoid cesarean and had vaginal birth. I mourn for my unmedicated water birth. I thought I was informed but didn’t expect to be told that. I was worried for my baby but now I wonder if they tricked me.

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