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Old 07-05-2013, 01:30 PM   #11
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Re: Turning off the pit

They turned mine off during this last induction. I was a hysterical, raging mess and needed a break. I got enough of a break I suppose, but I was still in agony and made very little progress (compared to previous progress with pit) during the hour it was off. I went ahead and agreed to get it going again so that I could get her delivered. I think I started pushing 30 minutes later (going from 8-10cm.)

You are ABSOLUTELY allowed to request it to be turned off. Dont take no for an answer. Period.

Oh, and I started pit before allowing my water to be broken. I was 5cm when pit started (7:30am), and 7cm when I ok'd my water being broke (10ish am.)

Did you use EPO last time? I did this time and was able to dilate to 4cm on my own. Now, mind you, I walked around at 4cm for 3 weeks before being induced. But still....

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Old 07-05-2013, 01:44 PM   #12
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They turned mine off during this last induction. I was a hysterical, raging mess and needed a break. I got enough of a break I suppose, but I was still in agony and made very little progress (compared to previous progress with pit) during the hour it was off. I went ahead and agreed to get it going again so that I could get her delivered. I think I started pushing 30 minutes later (going from 8-10cm.)

You are ABSOLUTELY allowed to request it to be turned off. Dont take no for an answer. Period.

Oh, and I started pit before allowing my water to be broken. I was 5cm when pit started (7:30am), and 7cm when I ok'd my water being broke (10ish am.)

Did you use EPO last time? I did this time and was able to dilate to 4cm on my own. Now, mind you, I walked around at 4cm for 3 weeks before being induced. But still....
I did but my cholestasis led to a surprise induction. I started epo at 36 weeks and started induction at 36w6d.
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I started at 35 weeks. Might be worth it if you're comfortable doing so.
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I started at 35 weeks. Might be worth it if you're comfortable doing so.
Yes, knowing my chances for a repeat diagnosis, I'll start sooner this time.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:42 PM   #15
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Re: Turning off the pit

I was given Cervidil at 6pm and started on Pitocin at 7am the next day. I basically felt fine as they increased the Pit. until 11am were I went from 2-8cm in 1 hour. They shut it off at that point. I pushed for 3.5 hrs and there was talk of restarting the Pit. when contractions got to 10mins apart but things worked out and I didn't end up needing it.
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:04 PM   #16
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Re: Turning off the pit

Sometimes you can turn it off or down and the body will take over on it's own. Sometimes you have to keep it on to keep the contraction pattern. What happens in labor is you have this positive feedback cycle with the oxytocin. The pitocin can get that positive feedback cycle going and the body can take over and be like "yeah, you can step back, I got this." Or the body can be like "boo, I'm not going to be in a good contraction pattern unless you're giving me the pit". It depends.

About the comment that only the MD decides to turn up the pit, that's not always true. L&D RNs have standing pitocin orders, where they don't have to ask the MD every time they turn up the pitocin. They watch your contraction pattern, monitor your baby's heart rate pattern and turn up the pitocin based on their nursing judgment within certain pre-set parameters that are standardized. The MD can override, obviously, and they can also write custom orders, but the RN isn't calling the MD every time she wants to up the pitocin in a routine induction with written pit orders- or at least I've never seen that.
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I have an awesome doctor who actually ripped the cord out of the wall because she couldn't figure out how to turn the pit off when she was in labor. I know you would love her and she would completely listen and understand your concerns. Pming you her name.
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