Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Now We're Getting Somewhere!

To all the friends and collegues who've signed on and started the discussion, I want to personally thank you!  I've heard some very good personal stories of their own birth experiences, as well as from the maternity nurses who are in the trenches.  In my research, I have found that ACOG recently changed their views on induction, and revised their induction guidelines from no earlier than 38 weeks gestation to no earlier than 39 weeks gestation.  I think this is a giant leap in the right direction!  My question is this:  Are the pregnant women and their families pushing the issue by requesting the induction?  Or are they simply just doing what is recommended by their provider.  I wonder if they were ever given any education on the matter?  Food for thought...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Let's get started! Calling all labor nurses!

Every morning in report, we hear the scoop.  Who's being induced?  Why?  Who's the provider?  Is the patient due?  By what method? 
We've all been there, frustration sets in.  Your patient isn't due for a week or two.  She's only 1cm dilated.  She's only being induced because her provider is "on call".  Did she ask for this, or was she coerced? 

There are good reasons for inducing labor, and they are usually medically necessary for mother or child, or both.  But there are indicators and rules that providers should follow when they schedule an elective induction, meaning an induction for convenience. 

Please share your stories, ideas, and thoughts on this highly debated and controversial issue!