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    Default What is your hospitals policy on inductions after waters break?

    Hi, I'm interested to know what other mums to be have been told in regards to what will happen if your waters break without contractions and you need to be induced?

    With my first pregancy my waters broke at home at 37 weeks but there were no contractions. At the time the hospitals policy was if labour hadn't started within 5 hours of the waters breaking then they would induce with a drip to rule out any chance of infection. Which is what they did in my case.

    I'm now 4 weeks out from my due date and asked my midwife what would happen if the same thing happened again with my waters breaking and she said that hospital policy is to wait 4 days before inducing once the waters had broken.

    It seems like a huge difference going from 5 hours to 4 days. Different hospitals, different states but is there an added risk of infection if you have to wait 4 days?

    What are the policies in other hospitals?

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    My hind waters broke on a Thursday evening and I was told I had 4 days (96) hours before they would intervene...
    I was contracting for 72 hours and was only 4cm so off for a c-sec I went .

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    I was in this situation and when I went to hospy for assessment they told me they wanted me to stay in overnight (it was in the afternoon) to be induced in the morning. I refused and went home to wait, they said anywhere past 48 hours would be to dangerous so I went back at around 50 hours to be induced Would have much preferred to wait for 4 days if they had told me that was ok. They basically scared the crap out of me with the whole 48 hours thing, and all the research I could find also suggested 48 hrs max. I was a nervous wreck.

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    My midwife said I had 3 options.
    I can ask to be induced right there and then.
    I can ask to be induced if no activity after 48 hours - and be treated for infection as that's how long they'll leave it.
    I wait until 96 hours and be induced "anyway" (of course with my consent)

    I never asked with Cobes.

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    I went in to be checked to make sure it was my waters (about midday) and was told that if my labour had not started properly by 6am the next morning I was to come in at 7am and be induced! Labour didn't start straight away, but when it did it was done and dusted and bubs arrived long before my 6am deadline!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockmelonDreams View Post
    It seems like a huge difference going from 5 hours to 4 days. Different hospitals, different states but is there an added risk of infection if you have to wait 4 days?
    Hi, I'm just wondering if you were GBS+ the first time? I was, and they told me that if my waters break I have to come straight in and be induced if that happens, which is what did happen. If not then I really don't know.

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    I didnt know there was an option..

    My waters broke in the middle of shopping centre (OK Stop laughing ) and my doctor was upstairs - so I went to see her...she made me go straight to hospital (which was across the street) .. I asked if I could go home first - she said "no way'..

    Wish I had known better. I would have gone home and let nature take its course (for a while anyway)

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    Thanks for the replies. I didn't have GBS with my first pregnancy it was just hospital policy to induce after 5 hours.

    I've since found out that my current hospital has a no intervention policy, so they won't induce or use intervention in anyway unless absolutely necessary. I know when I booked in they made it clear that epidurals weren't available if I booked in with the midwives.

    I've now got a few more questions to ask at my next appointment.

    Thanks again for the replies

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    You can be given IV antibiotics to prevent infection. It just takes up a hospital bed for more time when they would rather get you out.

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    My hospitals policy was 2 days, or so my midwife told me... but when my waters broke with DS3 i was told they couldn't fit me in for an induction till 4 days later was fine with me! I had to do the oral anti's and had to come in for fetal monitoring each day. Although i was back within 24 hours with contractions anyway! They gave me IV anti's while i was in labour (but i gave birth an hour after it going in)


 

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