Currently the rate of unnecessary inductions is on the rise, with many of these leading to invasive caesareans, and whilst these procedures can often save lives, and I am not against them for those reasons, I do feel that often families are not being fully informed about the postnatal effects the medication can have on their baby, or a mother's milk supply. So it is for this reason, and my own experience of strong insistent that I be induced as a 40 year old mother that went to almost 42 weeks (I laboured naturally with no complications other than posterior birth) that I felt very compelled to write this concise booklet that provides an overview of all the medications that may be used during an induction or caesarean, and their possible side effects. You'll also find a list of essential questions that I suggest you have on hand to ask your birthing professional if/when an induction or caesarean is offered to you.
You and your baby deserve all the information so you can make fully informed choices.
My hope with this booklet is that you receive all the information about the side effects of induction and caesarean medications you need to empower your choice for your child, whilst ideally limiting any unnecessary complications for them and yourselves.
Without going into the specific side effects, which you will find in the booklet, the induction and caesarean medications can compromise feeding, sleep, comfort, and may lead to weight issues from heightened refluxing, and communication, or alternatively tiredness. Determining which side effects are possible for the particular medication used, while knowing what to ask your professional about these medical procedures can prepare you for the unseen. A great place to be for any type of birth.
Imaan was an incredibly lethargic baby. We struggled terribly in the beginning with getting her to latch, and then we went straight from lethargic to colicky and screaming. I wouldn't be surprised if she was sleepy because of pain meds crossing over. While the booklet might be controversial, women deserve to know, or at least make the choice to NOT know.