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Hi, I know some of you are against induction. I know all the drawbacks and have been against it for myself in the past, so I don't need that info... But I find myself in the situation where I am considering being induced. At last weeks appointment I was 2cm 60% effaced and -3 station. So my cervix is favorable for an induction. Those of you who have been induced; please share your experience; the good, the bad, the ugly. I am going to the doctor tomorrow morning and I want to make a decision about inducing or not and if so when.
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I was induced with my 2nd child. With my first, I started labor on the morning of my due date and had my baby naturally with 4 hours of labor. I had a midwife and did a water birth. Being induced would have probably not even been an option but I had never even thought about it.

I was a week or so overdue with my 2nd and tired of being pregnant. I was being impatient so I chose to be induced since I had gone with a OB for that pregnancy (midwifes could no longer work at the Hospital of my choice when I was pregnant with my 2nd so I had to go with an OB). Most OB's are all for scheduled deliveries. lol

Everything with just fine but I was pissed that I had to be hooked up to an IV for the whole labor (which last only 2 hours so it turned out not to be a huge deal). I did not even research inductions before I went it so I didn't realize that I was going to be on an IV. I thought they just gave you a shot to get it started or something. With my first I was able to get up and walk around no problem. I felt stuck to the bed with the IV. I suppose if you plan to have an Epidural or something anyway, then it wouldn't be an issue to be hooked up to one more thing. But I had my babies naturally with no pain meds.

So that would be my only complaint about it.
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As you know, I was never induced.
However, if you'd like for me to share stories of women I know who were induced (and in my experience alongside friends and as an observer for my PA stuff), I'll be happy to share those stories with you.
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I was induced for both of my boys. The 1st I had been on bed rest with pre-term labor and on drugs to stop contractions. My water broke/was leaking and I didn't know it Nothing was happening on its own. Too much time had passed and there was a risk of infection so I was put on a pitocin drip. Started the IV at about 10 AM, sat/bounced on the ball next to my bed for a while, laid in bed for a while, sat on the ball, repeat... Strong painful back contractions for QUITE a while...I got an epidural around 3 or 4 maybe...had the baby at 8PM

For my 2nd guy, after being "high risk" for preterm labor...I was induced on my due date because my Dr was getting a little concerned about how big he might be (he ended up being just shy of 10bs) and I WAS SOOO READY

I showed up around 6:30AM and was actually contracting regularly on my own so I asked if I could try to go naturally. After a few hours of no real progress and REALLY strong contractions (IMO ) they said it was time to help me out. They probably started the pitocin around 1 PM. HOLY HELL strong and looong contractins...stayed in bed for the most part only because I was afraid I would fall over from the pain I got an epidural aroiund 4 or 5 and had him around 7:45

So, I'm not much help because I haven't had a "normal" delivery and I ended up getting an epidural both times
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My water broke w/ DD w/ absolutely NO contractions whatsoever. So after letting me try by myself for a few hours w/ nothing happening they started Pit. I didn't know anything about being induced so I had no preconceived notions about it at all. And since it was my first, I didn't have anything to compare it to. I started contracting and to me, it wasn't even very painful. Just more uncomfortable - like really strong BH.

I made it to 5cm dilated before I asked for my epidural... I just needed to move around for contractions to stay comfy and didn't want to miss the window to get one if I couldn't sit still long enough for them to insert it! I was then confined to bed but it was ok w/ me - it helped me rest.

My prob was... labor was LONG!! Water broke on Mon @ 4:30ish am. and DD was born TUES morn @ 2:30 am. I pushed for 3 hrs, however, that could be because her shoulders weren't clearing very well. They actually turned down the epidural and Pit. and I stopped contracting COMPLETELY!

I had an IV the entire time... I guess it didn't really matter since I had to have IV Antibiotics for GBS anyway but I didn't find it cumbersome.

I guess I would do it again... (and may have to because of some medical issues I'm having) but other than the LONG labor (which may or may not have been from being induced) I didn't think it was super horrible

I also saw midwives (which in hindsight, I didn't like some of their practices during my labor and I believe they just didn't have my best interests ) so I don't know what, if any, factor that played in?

Sorry for the novel -- just trying to be thorough

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As you know, I was never induced.
However, if you'd like for me to share stories of women I know who were induced (and in my experience alongside friends and as an observer for my PA stuff), I'll be happy to share those stories with you.
Of course I want to hear the stories!
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:33 PM
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I was induced with my second child. Mostly because I really wanted my OB who delivered my first to perform the delivery of my second. Which actually, the nurses could have delivered it went that fast.

But, nonetheless, it was good for me b/c my son was able to go to school during the day while I was being induced and by the time he got to the hospital, I was delivering.

Also, my husband was able to take that day off of work and not be traveling. Would have sucked if he were away when it occurred.

For me it was great, I was able to be really comfortable and have everyone with me that was important for us to be there.

Oh -- I forgot to mention that they ended up inducing me anyway while I was in a very long and irregular labor with my first child so for the second, it was not a big decision.
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I was induced with both my kids.

My daughter was 3 days late and I was anxious to get her out so I agreed to be induced. I went in on the evening of the 18th (started pitocin at 9pm) and had her in the morning (11:24am) of the 19th. Pretty quick labor, IMO. I had that cervadil (sp?) thing also. I decided not to have any pain medication because I didn't want any. I changed my mind though right before she was born and of course they didn't give it to me because it was too late!

With my son I had preclamsia (sp?) so I had to be induced right away. I went to my 39 week appoitment and my doctor was like Um, you need to go to the hospital RIGHT NOW! And I was like, NO WAY I'm not even packed! So she told me first thing in the morning to go to the hospital. She wanted me to be there by 9am. Yeah, I took my time and showed up at like 5pm (She wasn't too happy with me.) So like with my daughter they started pitocin around 9pm and I had my son the next morning (10:19am). Pretty quick again, IMO.

I don't know what it is like NOT to be induced. It was no big deal to me both times. Just maybe really fast labor pretty quickly.

Sorry such a book. Hope it helps! Good Luck!
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OK I'll compose a couple of stories...let me get the kids under control.
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with my first, i was induced around 38 weeks for medical reasons. i was already 2 cm dilated and having regular contractions. started pit sometime in the morning... can't remember exactly; had him at 5:07 pm after ten minutes of pushing. everything went well, but my son has some issues (possibly asperger's syndrome) and i can't help but wonder if he'd be the same if i was allowed to carry him to 40+ weeks and go into labor on my own.
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with my first, i was induced around 38 weeks for medical reasons. i was already 2 cm dilated and having regular contractions. started pit sometime in the morning... can't remember exactly; had him at 5:07 pm after ten minutes of pushing. everything went well, but my son has some issues (possibly asperger's syndrome) and i can't help but wonder if he'd be the same if i was allowed to carry him to 40+ weeks and go into labor on my own.
aww not to threadcrap, but don't beat yourself up. I did so much.. turned out my sons problems were diet/food related.. hes totally normal now (i was induced at 39 weeks.. i hated myself for it, but only because my soon to be ex taught me how to be completely self loathing over things I had no control over)
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I was induced with my 3rd because my water broke & I wasn't dilating. I was given pitocen & had Anavey in about 2 hours. All natural.

Easy. I really don't see anything wrong with it. My 1st 2 kids came on their own & I saw no difference.
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I was due in a week and it was about to be my first day that I didn't have to go to work (yes I worked up until I had my son). I woke up late that day around noon, sat up, and whooosh WTH was I peeing? I sat there for a sec in a daze before I ran to the bathroom and well...yes my water broke. Around 2pm we made our way to the hospital, on the way there my water broke/leaked again, in the car, in the seat and great NO towel Luckily I had black pants on

I had one contraction at the nurse's desk when I checked in, that was it. I got an epidural within a couple hours of being there...not sure why they did it so soon, though I never made a specific request on time just that I did want one. I was pretty much bed bound the entire time...IV and catheter. I dilated to 3cm but stopped and at some point they decided to give me Pitocin, I think early evening. Nothing happened. They gave me some more, nothing happened. Around 4:00am I was roused from my sleep because I was running over a 100 degree temp and his heartrate had started dropping. At this point the Doc decided to do an emergency C-Section (I wanted one in the first place, the scariest thing about my whole pregnancy was the thought of pushing out my bebe ) The c-section was just as fun..I was cold, I had terrible gas , the drugs they'd given me made me throw up and to top it off I had uncontrollable shakes which freaked out my ex-husband. At 4:57am I had my son. He was perfect, he still is It was definitely not a good experience but the end result was well worth it.
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cat there are so many unknowns out there, and being induced for medical reasons is completely different and out of our control. knowing your medical history...that is and entirely different scenario.

of course there are good stories and bad...instead of me going through stories individually, let me just summarize. this is NOT an "opinion" of mine, it's what i've actually seen and read about. i had the opportunity to shadow an OB a few years ago. i witnessed several labors (and a few deliveries). several were natural labors, and several were induced. from what i saw and from what the OB told me (i've also interviewed midwives and their answer was almost identical)...

the vast majority of natural labors, albeit long and daunting in some cases, ended well for both mom and baby. we're talking unmedicated, natural labors and deliveries. induced labors...well, it's about 60/40. a good portion of the 40% ended up in emergency c sections because baby couldn't handle the pitocin contractions OR mom didn't dilate in the allotted time. i have a dear friend who, after having a vaginal delivery, was induced and needed a c section because when they broke her water, the baby turned transverse. suddenly, a simple induction became a c section.

one woman was induced, the water was broken and baby turned as well. the problem was, the cord decided to present before baby, even though an U/S done minutes before showed baby to be head down. now we have an emergency on our hands. crash c section. there rarely is "normal" in labor and delivery; expect anything.

honestly, i'm NOT trying to scare you, i'm just giving you a perspective. i hope you don't think i'm lecturing you, because at the end of the day it is you and your doctor who decides whether to induce or wait it out a bit longer.

there are MILLIONS of successful inductions, and you may have a wonderful experience. i'm a FIRM believer that knowledge is power, and if we can know both the good and the bad before deciding on whether to induce (and save a few days of pregnancy) then we can go from there.

i remember being threatened with induction every time after my first because my labors were so fast...and i was at 40+ weeks and they wanted me to not do what i did with Emaan. well, i wouldn't trade delivering her in the van myself for an induction any day...but that's ME. i swear my babies heard the word "induction" and came flying out.

i hope you go into labor asap, Liz.
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I was induced with Pitocin, and got an Epidural as well, and everything went great.

I really wanted a non-medicated birth, but it was not in the cards for me, and after 10 hrs of trying to avoid Pitocin, I finally accepted that was the case.
I was opposed to medication, but I am glad I listened to my doctor and went ahead with the Pitocin - I dilated from 3 to 10 cm in under 4 hrs, and had a great pain-free delivery, with no distress for me or the baby.
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Like a couple of others, my water broke and I think it was about 10pm at night. I called my ob who obvised I go to L&D because I thought the amniotic fluid was yellowish. The plan was to wait until 7am the next morning to see if I would go into labor on my own. Since I didn't have any contractions, I was started on pitocin the next morning. I got an epidural at about 5 cm which was about 4pm that afternoon. I ended up delivering at 7am the next morning. Pushing took about 2 hours. I probably would have delivered a couple of hours earlier, but I had some issues with the epidural tubing coming apart and I actually regressed from 8 cm back to 5-6 cm while they were getting that straightened out. So total induction time was about 24 hours.
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I was induced with Pitocin, and got an Epidural as well, and everything went great.

I really wanted a non-medicated birth, but it was not in the cards for me, and after 10 hrs of trying to avoid Pitocin, I finally accepted that was the case.
I was opposed to medication, but I am glad I listened to my doctor and went ahead with the Pitocin - I dilated from 3 to 10 cm in under 4 hrs, and had a great pain-free delivery, with no distress for me or the baby.
See? I'm so happy to hear success stories too; as there are many.
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I was induced at 42 weeks with my first. Yes, you read that right, 42 weeks.
I knew nothing of inductions, so I wasn't concerned. Heck, I was so sick of being preg, if they would have done it at 38 weeks, I would've let them!

They started the IV at about 8:30am or so and broke my water after I started to dialate.
That's when the contractons became painful. I got my epideral when I dialted to about a 4, and then just waited. Never felt any more pain. She was born at 3:15 pm after maybe 10 minutes of pushing.

No problems for me or baby. Wouldn't have done anything different.

As far as the pain of the contractions go, I have no idea if what I felt is normal or if it was made worse by the pictocin. My youngest 2 were both born c-section.
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Abram - I was leaking fluid on my due date at my appt., so my Doc had me come back in that evening. Started the pitocin the next morning and labored all day. Abram was born at 11:53 p.m. It sucked.

Evan - Was induced at 39 weeks because Abram caused a 4th degree tear and we were fearful that Evan would be heavier than Abram. We got started on the pitocin, started to hemorrhage and Evan's heart kept dropping to the low 50's. Ended up with a C-Section because my water had broke we think sometime Sunday while I was in the bathtub. So the placenta had detached....had I gone into labor on my own I would have been given a different outcome.
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I really appreciate the experiences you all have shared. I went to my appointment and I am 3cm dilated. I went from 2 to 3 over the weekend so it seems my body is picking up the pace with getting ready. I was waiting to see what was determined at my appointment today before I said anything... The doctor suspected at my last appointment and confirmed today by U/S that Maci has stopped growing So she is trongly advising induction this weekend if I have not started on my own. I am really hoping all she needs is the threat of induction to come out on her own. But in the end, if she has stopped growing it is time to get her out and on the boob. My doctor knows my opinion of unecessary induction and she agrees that far too many inductions are out of convenience, but she is genuinely concerned for the baby's well being. In the end it seems all signs are pointing in the same direction, that she would be better off outside my body at this point. Please cross all your crossables she makes her way on her own before the weekend and thanks again for all the input!
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get busy walking and doing all sorts of other "stuff".
progression is good. U/S are not always the best method of measuring baby (it SUCKED at measuring my 5th), but it's probably true that she needs to enter the world asap.

i'm sending so many labor vibes it HURTS! ~~~~~~~~~~LABOR VIBES~~~~~~~~~~

oh, and if it comes to induction, i wish you the very best. i am pretty confident that you will be one of the majority who has a nice, smooth delivery.
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get busy walking and doing all sorts of other "stuff".
progression is good. U/S are not always the best method of measuring baby (it SUCKED at measuring my 5th), but it's probably true that she needs to enter the world asap.

i'm sending so many labor vibes it HURTS! ~~~~~~~~~~LABOR VIBES~~~~~~~~~~

oh, and if it comes to induction, i wish you the very best. i am pretty confident that you will be one of the majority who has a nice, smooth delivery.
Thank you, while not ideal I want a healthy baby above all!!
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I went into labor both times the night before the doctor was planning on inducing. My hospital will not let women go over a week late, nor will they induce unless something is wrong.
Well, I guess I was kind of induced since the doctor had to break my water? I had contractions every 2-3 mins for 7 hours but nothing else was happening until they finally admitted me a week over my DD. All went well after that though.
Good luck Liz. Come on Maci. I LOVE the name BTW
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Liz I hope she comes before the weekend!!! I know induction isn't what you had planned, but as long as you and your doctor feel you're doing what's best for the baby you're doing the right thing! I wish you all the best, either way she's bound to be here sooooon!!
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