Should we have our baby induced?
July 24, 2008 10:57 AM Subscribe
What are the reasons for and against inducing childbirth in cases of gestational diabetes?
posted by faustessa to health & fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm seven months pregnant, with insulin-dependent gestational diabetes. I really like my doctors (OB, perinatologist, and endocrinologist) and generally trust their opinions. The OB and perinatologist are both convinced that it's best to have my baby induced, while the endocrinologist disagrees, and says this practice is "old fashioned." Of course, I will keep discussing this with all three doctors (and I will continue to keep my blood sugar under excellent control, and we will continue to monitor the baby's growth, etc.) but I would like more information to use while making this decision. Most of the information I've found on the internet seems to be in the "this is what's done" versus "you shouldn't induce your baby" format, rather than giving the reasons one might choose one option or another.
Incidentally, my own birth was induced. My mom says the labor went really quickly, but she didn't give me much more information.
So, what are the advantages of inducing labor? What are the risks of inducing, or the risks of NOT inducing? If you've been in this situation, what were your experiences?