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Ok. <gets ready for flaming> If your labour started spontaneously, but you were later given oxytocin, you were NOT "induced"!!

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Jacksmama Thu 27-Aug-09 04:10:00

Sheesh!! And this from a health care professional who was telling me her labour story. I know it's picky but I had to bite my tongue so as not to tell her "you mean your labour was augmented, not induced".


<slinks off into farthest bit of Pedants' Corner>

mangostickyrice Thu 27-Aug-09 04:42:44

Love that you posted this on pedants' corner. Self-awareness trumps pedantry, so no flaming from me.

<Makes mental note to always refer to augmented labour with dd>

Jacksmama Thu 27-Aug-09 16:04:16


I know, I know, it's silly. I just thought a medical professional should know better. Yes, I am one of those picky people blush.

Elk Thu 27-Aug-09 16:09:13

So which is the correct term if your labour starts, then stops then starts then stops for 36 hours and then you are given oxytocin?

p.s. please forgive any spelling/grammatical errors I normally steer well clear of this topic.

Jacksmama Thu 27-Aug-09 16:13:13

That's a good question - but I would guess, if it started by itself, it would be augmentation.

Now I feel like a right twat for getting in a twist about this... but there's no-one in RL I could say this to, I'd be laughed out of the room. I love MN for that. You can get it off your chest here. grin

Jacksmama Thu 27-Aug-09 16:13:48

Elk, did that happen to you? The start-stop-start labour?

MrsBadger Thu 27-Aug-09 16:31:43

I am right with you

(MN is great, I had a lovely parasitology conversation on here the other day - as one of us said 'you don't get this on Netmums')

Jacksmama Thu 27-Aug-09 16:50:55

Parasitology??? Do tell!! [fascinated emoticon]

followed by

[science geek emoticon] blush

Jacksmama Thu 27-Aug-09 16:51:30

I've never tried Netmums. I don't think I'm sweet enough.

Blu Thu 27-Aug-09 16:54:05

Haha - I'd like to see oxytocin used 28 hours into labour, 3 hours into pushing described as 'induced'!
(that was me - oxytocin used in last ditch attempt to avoid ventouse, I think)

doggiesayswoof Thu 27-Aug-09 16:56:05

Me too Blu.

Although the numbers were a little smaller in my case.

MrsBadger Thu 27-Aug-09 20:41:30

Jcksamama it was a tapeworm thread on General Health iirc

Thandeka Thu 27-Aug-09 20:44:12

Tapeworm thread in pregnancy MrsBadger (waves at fellow parasitology geek)

Did you know oxytocin is also released at orgasm to promote pair bonding?
Repro physiology geek.

TheProfiteroleThief Thu 27-Aug-09 20:47:01

only on MN...

PigeonPie Thu 27-Aug-09 20:52:06

I quite agree with the OP, but I called it 'assisted' when I had Syntocinon to 'help' me deliver DS1. Would never have dreamt of calling it 'induced'. I don't understand some people!

TwoJobsOneManOneBump Thu 27-Aug-09 21:10:26

I had DS in a midwife led unit four weeks ago and you can only deliver there if it's all spontaneous. So, although I said to them I'd been in labour for 48 hours, as I was only 1cm dilated they said I wasn't. If they'd then given me a gel thingy or syntocinon to induce assist augment move it on a bit (I was 41+6 and was supposed to have gone in that day to be induced) I would have had to go to labour ward not the lovely lovely midwifey centre. They gave me a stretch and sweep instead so it still counted as 'spontaneous'. Still slightly peeved that my notes say a ten hour labour rather than the 58hrs since I started counting contractions (yes I know it's not a competition grin)

Jacksmama Fri 28-Aug-09 16:50:30

Agree, assisted is a good word too. I think augmented may be the North American term.

2Happy Fri 28-Aug-09 16:55:23

It's not confined to North America. I would class my labour with ds1 as augmented - my waters went but I never went into properly established labour by myself. But as ds2 was induced (with prostin) I just wrap them both up by saying "I've never gone into labour properly by myself" because I think it's simpler (and quicker) than saying I was augmented with one and induced with the other!

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