15 Aug Labor Induction with Dr. Rachel Reed
Summer fun is calling, and I am taking some time off of recording new podcasts to be with my family. In the meantime, I’m re-releasing some of my favorite episodes. Enjoy!
According to the Listening to Mothers iii Survey, 41% of the people indicated that their care provider tried to induce their labor, with three out of four of those women (74%) indicating that it did start labor, resulting in an overall rate of medically induced labor of 30%.
In this episode of Yoga | Birth | Babies, I speak with midwife, writer and presenter, Dr Rachel Reed. She speaks very candidly about medical induction and augmentation of labor. Dr Reed explains why and how a medical induction is performed and the precautions of pitocin. For any pregnant mother, birth worker or support person, this episode will give you a lot to ponder.
In this episode:
- What brought Rachel to practicing midwifery.
- The process and hormones of a spontaneous physiological birth and how that differs from a medical induction
- The definition of medically necessary induction
- Medically justified reasons for an induction
- “Suspected big baby” and going post date- How a mother advocate for herself care if she is feeling pressured to be induced for these reasons
- The process of beginning medical induction from scratch
- The role pitocin should play in labor
- Statistics for how often pitocin is involved in labor
- Side effects of pitocin – are women given informed consent to these side effects
- The cascade of interventions and the relationship of induction to the necessity of other interventions
- Option for a mother facing medical induction
- Is there such a thing as “natural induction”
- “DIY” induction methods
- What Dr Reed is up to now with her blog and book!